Hi, the pastor preached today on Galatians 3:12-20 which say, ”
But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.”Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us–for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”–so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith. To give a human example, brothers: even with a man-made covenant, no one annuls it or adds to it once it has been ratified. Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ. This is what I mean: the law, which came 430 years afterward, does not annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to make the promise void. For if the inheritance comes by the law, it no longer comes by promise; butGodgave it to Abraham by a promise. Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the offspring should come to whom the promise had been made, and it was put in place through angels by an intermediary. Now an intermediary implies more than one, but God is one.
In the beginning he said that christians are good at pointing out other peoples errors and ignoring our own. But Mathew 7:3 talks about taking the plank out of our eye before we look at the specks in others eyes. Which just means that we should point out other peoples wrongs or small things until we deal with what’s inside. We have to look at our heart first.
But he also talked about how Paul said that he had birth pains. It seems like Paul wouldn’t know about birth pains. But he really does. The reason that he says that he is having “birth pains” is because he thought that the Galatians christians but they really weren’t. The Judaizers were turning them back to the law. But he knows what it’s like to be a jew and to follow the law and it doesn’t have anything for you. The world doesn’t have much of anything to offer, and what it does have is garbage.
The world is empty but Christ isn’t. If we follow Christ we are full, Jesus died for us so that we could live, that is much better than “obey the law or your going to die”.
He also said that when we are dealing with spiritual error we need to go to the heart. Are we “me-centered”? We shouldn’t be, we should be Christ-centered, that’s what the gospel is about. If we are gossiping or lying then we need to ask “why am I doing that?” And we need to get rid of that, so deal with heart error.
Jesus died for us and we should follow Him, not the law, thank you Jesus.
Are you following Jesus or the law?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.