Christ Has Set Us Free
As we studied this past Sunday, apart from Christ we are slaves to sin, legalism, and the evil forces of the world. I want us to genuinely consider the areas where we are seeking salvation apart from Christ. I can’t help but think that the repetition in this book would point us to the importance of searching our hearts for legalism. Opening our lives to the conviction of the Spirit will ultimately stir our affections toward Christ as we root out anything that would compete for our allegiance to Him.
In verse 2, Paul says that if we accept circumcision, then Christ is no good to us. In other words, Jesus + something = nothing. We must know that Jesus + nothing = everything.
Verse 4 points us to another important truth. Paul speaks of those who have “fallen away from grace.” We’ve learned that the three most important points in interpreting Scripture are context, context, and context. We know from several passages of Scripture (1 John 5:13; John 5:24) that those who have genuinely trusted in Christ are saved forever. The ones of whom Paul says have “fallen away” must have never had real salvation to begin with.
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
(Galatians 5:1 ESV)