Day 3: Galatians 5:1-6, 13-14
“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. 2 Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. 3 I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law. 4 You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace. 5 For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love….13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.””
Because of Christ, the impossible-to-attain standards of God via the Law are fully met. Living as if I have to still earn my salvation is a) voluntarily enslaving myself and b) voluntarily separating myself from righteousness offered by Jesus Christ. Jesus fulfilled the law — lived a perfect life. He died as the sacrifice required to atone for my sin so I could spend eternity with the Father even though I am no where near perfect. Out of my freedom and by the power of the Holy Spirit who now works through me, I can obey joyfully instead of through obligation.
Freedom is not a byproduct to be set to the side and thought about only every so often. Living freely in Christ is the way to experience the true life he promised.
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