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Living by faith!

Scripture reading for August 16th:  Galatians 2, Psalm 14, Proverbs 10

Key Scriptures: Galatians 2:19-21 “For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God.  I have been crucified with Christ.  It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.  And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.  I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.”  

Paul carefully explained to the Galatian believers that the law could only reveal sin and our separation from God.  But through identification with Christ Jesus in His death and resurrection, real life comes through Christ living in us .  This life is a gift of God coming through faith in Jesus Christ, not by man’s effort of trying to keep the law.  If we could do it ourselves, Christ Jesus died in vain!

Faith confession:  I identify with Christ Jesus in His crucifixion and His resurrection from the dead.  I receive by grace His indwelling presence and righteousness.  Thank You Jesus, I am free and truly live!

Proverbs 10:24-25 “What the wicked dreads will come upon him; but the desire of the righteous will be granted.  When the tempest passes, the wicked is no more, but the righteous is established forever.”  

 

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Crucified with Christ

Scripture reading for August 16th:  Psalm 101-104, Galatians 2

Key Scriptures:  Galatians 2:20-21  “I have been crucified with Christ.  It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.  And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.  I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.”  

Paul was writing to the Galatian church in response to some false teachers that were trying to get the church to add law-keeping to their faith in Jesus.  He explained how his identification with Jesus Christ in His crucifixion brought new life to him through faith, not trying to keep the law.  In fact, if he went back to trying to keep the law, Christ died in vain and grace would be nullified.

Psalm 103:1-5  “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy Name!  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

Prayer:  Thank You Lord, for salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, death, and resurrection.  I bless You for all Your benefits today!  Amen!

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Christ lives in me!

Scripture reading for August 17th:  Galatians 2

Key scriptures for over-comers:  Galatians 2: 19-21 “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God.  I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.  I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”

The false teachers in Galatia were well-meaning and sincere Jews who had some knowledge of Christ but tried to add keeping of the law to simple grace by faith.  Sincerity is not a test of truth!  The ‘law’ could only reveal sin, not correct the problem or eliminate it from the human soul.  Through the ‘law’, we are convicted of sin and found guilty bringing about a sentence of death.  Then the gospel of Jesus Christ tells us that Jesus died on the cross to take the death penalty for us and now gives us His life and righteousness through the gift of the Holy Spirit to all who believe. There is nothing we can do but say “Thank You, Jesus!”.

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers recognize their Lord living in them and lovingly allow His life to flow in them by the Holy Spirit.  “Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; may Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.”  (Psalm 143:10)

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Don’t set aside God’s grace!

Scripture reading for August 18:  Galatians 2

The church of Jesus Christ in Galatia was under attack by Jewish false teachers.  They wanted the Gentile believers to be circumcised in order to be a part of the church.  Paul explained how he had worked this out with Peter.  As Peter traveled to Antioch, he began to separate himself from the Gentiles and refuse to eat with them.  He did this out of fear for the Jewish church members who were teaching that all must be circumcised to be right with God.  Paul opposed him to his face and confronted him with the truth!

“You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew.  How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?  We who are Jews by birth and not ‘Gentile sinners’ know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ.  So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no on will be justified.”  (Galatians 2:14-16)   The law cannot save anyone–Jew or Gentile.  Paul stated plainly that it was by faith alone that any Jew or Gentile would be justified before God.

When a person adds the keeping of any part of the law to faith, they set aside the grace of God and exalt their own works.  It is through Christ alone that we receive God’s grace.  Paul stated his own faith to clarify this:  “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body, l live by faith in the Son of god, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”  (Galatians 2:20)

 

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Sunday Rest and Reflection

Scripture reading for November 30th: Galatians 1-6

Some people, calling themselves Christians, make rules to define holiness and judge others by how they  keep their rules.  Some are condemned for the length of their hair, their make up,  or certain types of clothes.  Some judge people having tattoos or body piercing.   Other groups of Christians claim a person must be baptized in a certain way or worship on a certain day to be right with God.  These rules become a perversion of the true Gospel.

The Apostle Paul dealt with some people who tried to add the Old Testament Law to faith in Christ.  Paul taught that any addition to the Gospel of salvation by grace through faith was no Gospel at all!  (Galatians 1:6-7)  Paul warned these believers that anyone, even an angel from heaven,  who tried to preach another Gospel should be eternally condemned!  (Galatians 1:8-9)  It is very serious business to pervert the Gospel!

This mixing of law and grace affected Peter and Barnabas some 14 years after Paul’s conversion.  Paul found Peter withdrawing from the Gentiles and eating only with the Jewish believers who were teaching circumcision.  (Galatians 2:11-16)  Paul rebuked Peter in front of them for their hypocrisy!  They had given in to peer pressure and moved away from the Gospel given them by the Lord Jesus.  If it could happen to Peter, it could happen to us!

Paul wrote: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing.” (Galatians 2:20-21)

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not earthly things.  for you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you will also appear with Him in glory.” Colossians 3:1-3

Our new identity is found in Christ!  We were crucified with Him and raised with Him to a new life!  No set of rules or regulations can make us holy.

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The foolish Galatians!

Scripture reading for September 16th: Galatians 2:17-3:7

“For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God.  I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.  I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” (Galatians 2:19-21)  Paul understood the law.  He had lived as a strict Pharisee for most of his life and knew the frustration of trying to live by that law.  The law could only reveal his sin and guilt, not produce righteousness.  When Paul met Christ on the Damascus road, he finally understood the grace of God.  He understood how Christ called men to a life of faith, giving them righteousness as a gift through identification with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection.  If men could become righteous by keeping the law, then Christ’s death was in vain.

Some of the Galatians were being seduced by false teachers into leaving the grace of God and turning to the works of the law. Paul called them ‘foolish’ and ‘bewitched’!  (Galatians 3:1)  “I would like to learn just one thing from you:  Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard?  Are you so foolish?  After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?  Have you suffered so much for nothing–if it really was for nothing?  Does God give you His Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard?”  (Galatians 3:2-5) Paul’s series of questions had an obvious answer!  It was by faith through believing what they heard that God’s gift of the Spirit was poured out on them.  Human effort can never earn God’s grace.

“Consider Abraham: “He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”  Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham.” (Galatians 3:6-7)  Paul pointed these Galatians to Abraham as a second witness of the need to believe.  Without faith it is impossible to please God!  (Hebrews 11:6) Are you living by faith today?  Believing in Christ is the only path to righteousness!  Lord, keep us from foolishness!

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Crucified and Risen With Christ!

Scripture reading for November 30th: Galatians 1-6

I hate legalism!  Some people, calling themselves Christians, make rules for how we must live and judge others by how they do or do not keep their rules.  They mean well but end up giving true Christianity a bad name. Some think that they are right to condemn others for the length of their hair, wearing make-up, or certain clothes.  Some judge others for having tattoos or body piercing .  Others are thrown out if they don’t believe in eternal security or baptism in the name of Jesus only.   The religious police are always out enforcing their version of “true” Christianity!

The Apostle Paul dealt with some people who tried to add the Old Testament Law to faith in Christ.  His approach to that subject is laid out in this letter to the Galatians.  He wasted no time setting this group of believers straight.  Paul taught that any addition to the simple Gospel of salvation by grace through faith was a perversion that was no Gospel at all!  (Galatians 1:6-7)  Paul warned these believers that anyone, even if it was an angel from heaven or himself,  who tried to preach another Gospel should be eternally condemned!  (Galatians 1:8-9)  That is very strong language! It is very serious business because it affects our eternal salvation!

This mixing of law and grace even affected Peter and Barnabas some 14 years after Paul’s conversion.  Paul found Peter withdrawing from the Gentiles and eating only with the Jewish believers who were teaching that circumcision was needed as well as faith.  (Galatians 2:11-16)  Paul rebuked Peter in front of them all for their hypocrisy!  They had given in to peer pressure and false teaching and moved away from the simple Gospel given them by the Lord Jesus.  This show us how easy it is to be taken in by legalism and false teaching.  If it could happen to Peter the Apostle and Barnabas, it could happen to us!

Paul made a statement that is one of my favorite as he tried to counter these false teachers.  I used to sing it in a Scripture song that has stuck with me even today.  “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing.” (Galatians 2:20-21)

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not earthly things.  for you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you will also appear with Him in glory.” Colossians 3:1-3

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