Galatians 5. Good Balance.

Posted: December 19, 2011 in Galatians

In this chapter we see Paul confronting those who are teaching the idea that followers of Christ are still bound by the Law, that their salvation is contingent upon their obedience to God. One of the “rules” still being applied was that of circumcision. This ticks Paul off so much that he says “Why don’t these agitators, obsessive as they are about circumcision, go all the way and castrate themselves!” Never a dull moment in the Message, lol.

But here’s the thing. Though we’re no longer bound by the law, Paul also points out that true believers cannot, as a way of life, live as helliously as we did prior to our conversion. If we are in Christ, we will be changed. But at the same time, we will fail.

Paul says this, and this is the key to victorious living: “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” If your goal is holiness and you’re striving to live the life God has called you to, you will have victory over sin. But it takes a concentrated effort. Are you still making one?


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