Today you should read: Galatians 4:21-3
Have you ever seen someone in an authority type position that delights in making sure everyone is following the rules but cannot follow the rules themselves? This could be a teacher, a boss, a politician or even a family member? The apostle Paul starts off today’s Scripture by asking the question..
Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not listen to the law?
He then goes back to Genesis 16-17, 21 where there were 2 sons born to Abraham, one who was born to a woman who was a slave and the other who was born from a woman who was free in which the promise ensued. He asks that question before making this allegory for one who lives under the burden of the law instead of the freedom found in Christ because he’s trying to show 1. The bondage/slavery of the law. 2. The impossibility to follow the law we expect others to follow. Majority of this book deals with these issues as the church of Galatia was in danger of going back to their former ways of religion and rule keeping instead of grace and freedom in Christ. But only one side comes with a promise and that’s the freedom that comes with the Gospel of grace. God was revealing it all the way back in Genesis as He used the illustration of freedom and slavery with grace and the law. Paul doesn’t mess around and even goes as far as saying that the ones who teach the false gospel of justification by works through the upkeeping of the law should be cast out of the church. So let this be a warning to us at CPC on the dangers of going back to rules over grace. We will be holy and obedient to God’s standards the more we grow in grace and give grace instead of trying to upkeep rules and tell everyone else to when it’s impossible to.
Posted by: Erik Koliser