Sunday, May 15, 2011

A Free Heart

The  book of Galatians was written in approximately 57 AD. Galatians is a correctional epistle written to correct the failure of people to adhere to the wonderful principles of basic believing. It  corrected errors in doctrine held by the judaizers who  interjected conflicting beliefs with the doctrine of Romans. We can read in the book of Acts that Paul encountered this often.

E.W. Bullinger says on page 1748 in the COMPANION BIBLE: “Galatians has been happily likened to a sketch for the finished picture, Romans. In both is maintained the fundamental truth that there is no difference between Judean and Gentile before God, There would be many Judeans among the churches of Galatia, for Paul ever went to the Judean first; yet the majority would be Gentiles, apparently too ready to yield to the persuasions of judaizers who taught the necessity of circumcision.”

According to II Timothy 3:16 all scripture is inspired by God to help us to know what is right. It is profitable for doctrine, which lays down the basic understanding of what is right. God utilizes reproof (in epistles like Corinthians and Philippians) because people take doctrine and misapply it in practice. Eventually mis-practice can lead to false doctrine and God utilizes correction to get back to what is right (such as in Galatians and Colossians). God is a forgiving God and correction is a vital part of that. It brings us all back to the right doctrine and His great power.

The Doctrine of Romans makes it clear that we are saved by believing and it is by grace, not works. Circumcision or any other outward work doesn’t save anyone. One is made whole by believing in Jesus Christ and that God got him up from the dead. It is God’s justice that provided a way to His companionship and deliverance from any obstacle thrown in our face. Jesus Christ was the perfect substitution. It was perfect justice. By believing in the finished work Jesus Christ, we are a part of God’s eternal Facebook, we can contact him any time of the day or night.
Galatians 5:1-6 Stand fast therefore in the liberty (unshackled) wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled (no longer held in, closed off from the power of God) again with the yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised (substitute any word that indicates works), Christ shall profit you nothing. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law (by bootstrap theology, bootstraps being the law); ye are fallen from grace (who turned out the lights?)For we through (by) the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness (return of the righteous one - Jesus Christ) by faith. For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision (or whatever); but faith which worketh (energized) by love (God's love).
 Read Galatians and see the walk in the spirit and how important it is and then compare it to Romans 8, the ‘Magna Carta’ of Christianity! It is the confidence and assurance that the whole world is trying to find! Life is not always nice but we NEVER have to be overwhelmed because God has a biblical answer ALWAYS.  Maybe life is not always so nice but it is exceedingly abundant. Ephesians 3:20 is doctrine!

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