Thursday, June 26, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Galatians 5:1-4
1 It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. 2 Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no benefit to you. 3 And I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law. 4 You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.
Don't worry, all you modern goyim who've been circumcised as a baby, you're not who Paul's talking about. What Paul is railing against is a works-based faith, of which circumcision is the initiation rite in the case of the Jews of that era. What grace does is get us graded pass-fail, with the demarcation being whether we know Jesus as our Lord and Savior. We don't get in on our good works, even though God appreciates them. Basing your salvation on works sets you up for failure, so Paul was very harsh with the Judaizers within the early church.

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