Do not let yourself be burdened again in slavery…
Note the key words “let yourself be
burdened AGAIN”. This statement insinuates that they were free once but were convinced to go back out of freedom into bondage. It is interesting that we allow ourselves to be swayed into error in our thinking. We can talk ourselves out of our freedom of faith into slavery and error. Lawyers are good at convincing people with error or even partial truths. Even though in this case, it was Old Testament Law. Many things can move us away from the truth of God’s grace. Particularly the philosophies of the world which dictate how we are to think as believers. Praise God for the steadfastness of his inspired word which sets us free provided we stand fast on it.
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As we ponder God’s character from the above passage, I wonder if God would answer our signature question below in the following way…
Who are you Lord?
I AM the Lord of Grace. Like Romans says, I AM the God who has bound all men in disobedience so that I may have mercy on you all. Like verse 5 says, “we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope.” Trust me to give you my righteousness both now in Christ and then in eternity it will be a reality.
Why do you “Let yourself be burdened again by a yoke of slavery?”, and why are you “trying to be justified”. I know you all want to be justified. No one who truly understands My judgment to come does not want to be justified. The question is, whose righteousness do you want to depend upon, yours or mine? Just like Abraham waited, you will have to wait a long time. But are you, also like Abraham, going to jump the gun and establish our own righteousness and consequently be burdened again by a YOKE of slavery to the LAW and self effort?
To be Holy like me, you have to have a divine source. If you think that you need to be obedient and do good works on top of what Jesus did, you are ultimately saying , that Christ’s work on the cross for your stead is not enough (see verse 2,3). Adam, like Satan, wanted to establish his own divinity in his own strength. But I want to give you my righteousness by my Spirit so that you will be truly righteous in my way. Any other thinking is to alienate yourself from Christ and to fall from depending upon my Grace.
Do not let yourself be burdened again
How many different ways does Paul have to tell us? Again, is he operative word. As you were saved in Christ so walk in him – by faith depending upon God to do it for you. All the self help in the world won’t save or sanctify you. All the laws of the Old Testament will not help. Only God’s Spirit in you will make you like him, which is totally contrary to what your flesh will accomplish. No amount of religious activities will do it, unless it is in response to God’s Spirit controlling you. “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord”. Then and only then will Christ’s righteousness shine through you.
An important point to remember, that Gal 2 saw that Peter and Barnabas were led astray by this error. Here in Ch 5 verse 9 it says that it only takes a little yeast to leaven the whole batch. It only takes a little error to burden our minds and spirits into slavery. The truth shall set you free.
More to come