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Jun
15

Surrendering To The Spirit

The proof of our inability to be saved through the law of Moses is this: Jesus had to die.  Paul tells the Galatian believers that Jesus “was clearly portrayed as crucified” (Galatians 3:1, NIV).  If we were even remotely capable of keeping the law (and being saved by it), Jesus would not have had to die on the cross.  The curse of the law is that it condemns us.  The law shows us that we are sinners, but does nothing to release us from that condemnation.  We are cursed and condemned if we try to follow the law in order to be saved!  Jesus took that curse upon Himself on the cross and suffered our condemnation.  We must simply accept His loving gift of grace by putting our faith and trust in Him for salvation.  We do this by believing that He is the Son of God, our Savior; repentance from sin; public confession of our faith and being baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Our sins are then forgiven and we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit, dwelling inside of us, transforms us from the inside out.  The job of sanctification is the job of the Holy Spirit.  If you showed up at my church this Sunday and I walked up to you and asked you if you were ready to preach the sermon, you might look at me as if I had a third eye growing out of my forehead.  You might say something like, “No!  It’s not my job!”  I would say, “You’re right.  It’s my job.  I’ll do it.”  When we try to sanctify ourselves by trying to be good enough or following the rules, we are trying to do the job of the Holy Spirit.  Rather than trying to keep the law and thereby keep ourselves saved, we need to surrender daily to the leadership and guidance of the Holy Spirit.  Quit trying to do the Spirit’s job!  Submit to what the Spirit is doing in your life.  Trust God’s Spirit to transform you instead of trying to do the work of transformation in your life.  Do not resist the Spirit, but surrender to His leading instead.
Galatians 3:1-14 (NIV)

You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? Have you experienced so much in vain—if it really was in vain? So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham.Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

10 For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” 11 Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” 12 The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” 14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

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