Paul addresses the accusation that the grace-gospel leaves the human race without the restraint of the law, and therefore subject to blatant immorality. Paul lays out the shocking eternal yet practical reality of our freedom.
In Galatians 5:7-12, Paul speaks of the waffling faith toward the grace-gospel in terms of a lack of obedience to the truth.
In Galatians 5:1-6 Paul warns against the consequences if the Galatians submit to the idea of circumcision. This 1st century context has many parallels in our day... the church must strive to STAY ON MESSAGE with the grace-gospel.
In Galatians 4:21-5:1 Paul takes his argument right onto the turf of the Jewish Missionaries. He goes to the law to defend the grace gospel. This difficult passage speaks volumes to us today.
For what in life are you zealous? People are zealous about a lot of things. Sports, hobbies, jobs, relationships. But I wonder if the ultimate purpose of their zeal makes the end worth the investment of their eternal soul? Is it worth it? Paul has some insight in Galatians.
Paul makes a relational appeal to the Galatians for the grace gospel. What does this mean for us? Much... much that adds depth and richness in an increasingly shallow and poor modern day context.
Why take steps of faith? There is really one reason.
I wonder what Jesus meant when he said that... "According to your faith will it be done for you."?
This message was delivered at Wayside Chapel in Bucyrus, Ohio in honor of my mother's 80th Birthday. We are called to "Redeem the times...". Understanding the original languages brings a deeper and more dynamic challenge and inspiration for believers to invest their time and their lives with wisdom and passion. And lessons from the 'time' of Moses, brings healing and hope from the God who not only used him, but transformed him as well.