In Galatians, He's the Freedom from the Curse of Sin
The Purpose of Galatians
There are a couple of reasons why Paul felt the need to write the book of Galatians. One reason was because he wanted to let the people know that it was God, not himself, who frees the soul from sin. The other reason had to do with the Law handed down by Moses while the Israelites were encamped at the foot of Mt. Sinai after their exodus from Egypt.
- The accusations of being a false teacher were not held lightly by Paul. However, Paul understood the hesitancy many people had when approached by Paul as Paul preached the Gospel. Paul, to be fair, was not one of the original twelve disciples called by Jesus. In fact, Paul, who had originally been known of as Saul, persecuted the early Christians because they preached the same message that the disciples preached. As such, Paul was dependent on the message that the original Twelve preached; but, because of Paul's own experience with the Lord on the road to Damascus, he needed to preach justification by faith, apart from the Law. For Paul, he saw the difference between the Jews and the Gentiles, and the lifestyle of the Jews versus the lifestyle of the Gentile, and he (Paul) understood that the Jewish people were concerned with the lifestyle of the Gentile people.
- Paul's message of salvation brought the Old Testament in line with the New Testament...the Old Covenant in line with the New Covenant. Paul preached that, though observance of Jewish tradition perpetrated a good Jewish life, the Jewish traditions based God's acceptance on human performance (i.e. - animal sacrifice). For a Jewish nation, as a whole, to have their sins atoned for, a perfect, unblemished lamb had to be sacrificed. In contrast, Paul's message confirmed the New Covenant that based God's acceptance on a new heart and a new spirit.
Jeremiah 31:31-34--"'The time is coming,' declares the Lord, 'when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them y the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,' declares the Lord. 'This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,' declares the Lord. 'I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will by my people. No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, "Know the Lord," because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,' declares the Lord. 'For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.'"
2 Corinthians 5:17--"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"
The following pictures were taken towards the end of Summer, last year, 2014, during a time when our church offered the chance for water baptisms. This time of fellowship happened at Brushy Lake, and was one of the best times I had as a mother and as a believer. To watch anyone be baptized by water into the family of God is an awesome experience; more so for the person actually being baptized. As a mother, there was a motherly pride that rose up within me as each of my children, in turn, took their first baby steps as newborn Christians. I have watched each one of these children read, study, learn, and accept what God has for them for their lives. And, I thank God, everyday, for the continued honor and privilege of leading them through the pages of the Bible as they continue to read, study, learn and accept more and more of God.
End of Summer, 2014
I Want to Know You More
Some Points to Remember
- Salvation is by grace alone, with faith alone, in Christ alone.
- The New Covenant is NOT an addition of faith in Christ to the Law of Moses.
- Religious observances CANNOT add to the effectiveness of the cross.
- GOD IS GOD, and GOD IS GOOD.
God is Good All the Time!
Although Ephesians is addressed to the church at Ephesus, it it generally believed to have been a circular discussion in which believers are exalted in their position in Christ Jesus as the body of Christ through the relationship that each believer has with God; Ephesians has many practical implications of the Gospel within its pages.