June 16, 2018

What I read today

Leviticus 3-4; Psalm 47; Isaiah 47; Luke 3; Galatians 2

The Galatian church was under attack. Not a military invasion but a spiritual attack.  In the early church many of the “gentile churches” had issues with people who were Jewish Christians.  These Jewish Christians taught that while you were saved by Jesus act on the cross you still had to obey the old testament legal code including circumcision or you were not saved.

Paul would have none of it.

Paul opened up both barrels on these people and said it as simply as he could.  No one can actually obey God’s law perfectly.  It’s that simple.  If we could get to heaven by following the law of Moses, then Jesus didn’t need to die for us.

Today we have a lot of church bodies that are doing similar things to the Judaizers of Paul’s time.

Some will say that while you get to heaven because of Jesus death on the cross, you still have to:

  • Go to a specific church
  • Believe certain doctrines and dogma’s
  • Practice Communion a certain way
  • Have specific disciplinary codes
  • Pray with only this group of people
  • Read this Bible translation
  • Do this many community service hours
  • Pray this many times a day

These places stack rule upon rule until the rules become more important than faith in Jesus.

The simple truth is spelled out Galatians 2 verse 16 “yet we know that a person is justified not by the works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ.  And we have come to believe in Christ Jesus, so that we might be justified by faith in Christ, and not by doing the works of the law because no one will be justified by the works of the law.”

Jesus saved us on the cross.  If we look to Jesus, then our salvation is secure!

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