10
Jul
15

The Proof Of Our Faith

God is the Author of unity.  The Holy Spirit is not a Spirit of confusion, but of Truth.  There was both division and and confusion in the church at Galatia.  The church was divided over and confused about grace.  Did Gentile Christians need to obey the law and become like Jews (circumcised) before becoming Christians?  Did they need to submit to the law before finding grace?  Paul was adamant that they did not.  Grace is enough.  Grace is sufficient.
Someone was confusing and dividing the church at Galatia and Paul was tired of it.   Paul was so angry and frustrated that he took it to the extreme:

 As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves! – Galatians 5:12 (NIV)

They were doing so much damage to the church and to baby Christians that Paul wanted them to castrate themselves.  That’s pretty harsh, don’t you think?  But that is how angry Paul was that these “agitators” were confusing people.  They were adding an unnecessary burden to the Gentile believers.  They were trying to take away from the power of the cross by trying to add something to it.  The cross of Christ is powerful enough to take away our sins by itself!  Jesus doesn’t need our help when it comes to forgiving sins.  We must simply trust Him for salvation by believing in Him, repenting from our sins, confessing our faith and being baptized.  When we trust in Christ and in the power of His cross, we are set free from the bondage of rule following.  We still obey Jesus for all authority has been given to Him (Matthew 28:18-20).  Our obedience is done out of love for Christ, not for the purpose of being saved or staying saved.  Our obedience is the evidence that we love the One who first loved us.  It is the proof of our faith, not a substitute for it.
Galatians 5:7-12
You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you.“A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” 10 I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion, whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty. 11 Brothers and sisters, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished. 12 As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!
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