Today you should read: Galatians 6:11-18
Paul wants to end this letter with a summary. He tells us this is super important by what he says is large writing. We can’t see what this looks like in our Bibles, but you can imagine how this would catch your eyes in a letter. If you send a card to someone and you put, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!” really large at the bottom, the person is immediately going to know what the card is about. That is essentially what Paul is doing. He is letting the reader know the exact point he wants to get across. That point is found in verse 15 where it says, “For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.”
Paul wants these people to understand that Jesus put to death our old self and made us a new creation. The laws that were once needed have been fulfilled by Jesus (Matthew 5:17). Paul even says that those who would put themselves above others because of these laws are only doing it to avoid persecution.
What does this mean for us? This doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t follow God’s word or that we should be apathetic towards what God says to us. Instead Paul says that we have a new rule to follow! That we are a new creation and we should show the fruits of that spirit like Paul talked about earlier in the letter. Our new self should be one that has put the desires of the flesh to death and instead is led by the Spirit.
By: Jacob Kerr — West Campus Pastoral Ministry Apprentice – Worship & Students
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