Galatians 5:13-15 Liberty vs Law

Galatians 5:13-15 (KJV)
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.

The book to the churches of Galatia is written almost entirely to dispel the errors of Judaizers who, in Paul’s day, had confused the purpose of Old Testament law. In these three verses we find:
Liberty vs Law
We are set free from the law so far as salvation is concerned. We are, however, to be careful not to allow our liberty to be license. I am afraid we have far too much license in modern Christianity.

The fulfillment of the Law
In one Old Testament law, love our neighbor as ourselves. Genuine love will, it seems to me, compel us to embrace those lessons of the Old Testament (and New) that make for neighborly action.

A warning concerning disobedience
To live by the Law means to be judged by the Law rather than having already been judged in Christ. But to reject this commandment “Love thy neighbor as thyself” sets one at risk of being consumed in the judgment of others.

 

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Galatians 4:20 The Concern Is Truth

Galatians 4:20 (KJV)
I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.

In a previous verse to the believers in the churches in Galatia Paul wrote,
Galatians 4:16 (KJV)
Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

It was not his desire to alienate anyone. His only concern was the truth and imparting it to them. He was their friend. He wanted their best. He wanted their affection and their companionship in the Lord. But his primary concern had to be with the truth. Were they really willing to spoil that over the doctrines of those Paul knew to be false teachers?

Now here is the truth that so risked his friendship, New Testament Christianity and Old Testament law cannot co-exist. We do not mean that no truths of the Old Testament have application today. Those things were written for our example. But they are the shadow of the truth. All truth is to be discovered in the New Testament. The Old Testament serves to give illustration and life to those truths. Never should the Old Testament be taken in exclusion of the New Testament. The concept that righteousness in any manner may be obtained by obedience to Old Testament law must be:

  • Cast out
  • Abandoned
  • Forsaken

Galatians 2:21 (KJV)
I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain

 

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Galatians 2:4 Compelled To Come Out

Galatians 2:4 (KJV)
And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:

This would probably not technically be a double negative but that’s what struck my mind. Apostle Paul argues a double negative why Jewish law is not to be compelled upon others.

  1. Peter, who was by birth a Jew, lived as a Gentile and not as a Jew.
  2. It is therefore incongruous to compel a Gentile to live as a Jew.

We might assume that Paul’s rebuke of Peter implies that both Peter and Paul, New Testament Christians from Jewish homes, had abandoned Jewish law.

These were two very different men. Peter, a fisherman by trade, was once accused of being ignorant and unlearned. Paul was just the opposite. These men, of approximately the same age, had come to Christ from very different parts of the same culture and religion. Yet both of them had come to embrace a new culture and practice of faith. They had both been tested and had both come to the same conviction not to lay those burdens that the Jews were unable to bear on the Gentiles. When Peter wavered on this conviction Paul corrected him.

The conclusion of the passage then is that neither the Jewish believers nor the Gentile believers were required or expected to “live as do the Jews.”

If anyone is to be compelled, it is those who attempt to follow Jewish law to come out from it.

 

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Galatians 1:11-12 The Difference Between a Ministry and a Job

Galatians 1:11-12 (KJV)
But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Unlike the Apostle, I (and every preacher I know) was taught of men. Most of us have attended Bible College. We might even believe it to be necessary.

On the other hand, like Paul, it is essential that the preacher of God’s Word has more than what he was taught at Bible College with which to work. True faith is more than simple repetition of a doctrinal statement. It is a personal relationship with the living Lord Jesus Christ

  • We must receive salvation of the Lord
  • We must receive spiritual food and water of the Lord
  • We must know our prayers have been answered of the Lord
  • We must have experienced that our strength comes of the Lord
  • We must have messages that came not from a book but of the Lord

The difference between a ministry and an occupation in the pulpit is that the ministry comes of the Lord.

 

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Galatians 3:1-3 Love Isn’t Agreement

Galatians 3:1-3 (KJV)
O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

It is a foolish thought that salvation would be through faith but perfection would come by works.

Christians, who become enamored with Judaism, repeat the foolishness of the Galatians constantly these days. No matter that they call it Messianic, it is still Judaism. It is an attempt to marry the Christian faith with the dead works of Jewish law. It is exactly the thing Acts 15 is meant to extinguish and Galatians was written to teach against.

These anti-Judaism sentiments should not be confused as anti-Semitism. Christians ought to love Jews:

  • Because we ought to be a loving people anyway
  • Because our faith springs from the Jews and
  • Because God continues to this day to love Jews

Love isn’t agreement. It doesn’t demand agreement. Love demands support, encouragement and friendship but not agreement; most of all, love demands truthfulness. I love Jews enough to be truthful and tell them to:

  • Come to Christ
  • Come out of Judaism and
  • Come into a local New Testament Baptist Church

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Galatians 2:2 Discussed In Private

Galatians 2:2 (KJV)
And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.

There are some things that should be discussed only in private and that, only with those of reputation and authority. There are:

  • Questions
  • Ideas
  • Information a person might possess

that, to bring it to an open floor merely gives service to disputes.

Our founding fathers understood this.
They met in closed sessions to discuss and hammer out the details of the Constitution. They knew to make public all of the ideas that might be debated could lead to wild speculation, mass anxiety and mob action that would derail their purpose. It’s why they developed a republic rather than a pure democracy. They understood that mob rule can’t reliably create laws good for the whole.

Something similar happens in a church. I was approached this week by one of our members. This member is in charge of a function we are about to hold. Experience has taught me this person has great ideas and can be trusted. But before moving forward with the idea they have for the function they ran it passed me in private. This avoids conflict if, for whatever reason, the idea wasn’t a good on. I was able to approve (or disapprove) without making it public and we are then able to get others onboard before bringing it to the floor.

The concept is not only prudent, it is Biblical.

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Galatians 6:3 Nothing Without Christ

Galatians 6:3 (KJV)
For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

But could he think himself something if he is something? Many people are considered to be something in this world:

  • Some are wealthy
  • Some are famous
  • Some are leaders
  • Some are courageous

Do they get to think something of themselves? The verse is not suggesting such a thing but declaring that men, all men, are nothing. We deceive ourselves to think otherwise.

Are some wealthy?
They possess nothing but that it was given them of God. They possess nothing they will take with them in death and they possess nothing in comparison to the wealth of God.

Are some famous?
So what. Fame is no great thing. It has no merit or value. Fame is amoral. The most wicked man may be just as famous as the most generous.

Are some leaders?
All power is of God and He turneth the heart of the king whithersoever He will.

Are some courageous?
Set any brave act beside that of God, who loved men enough to condescend to be one of us then die for not some but all of us, and that while we were yet sinners (and opposed to God).

We are, all of us, nothing without Christ.

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Galatians 5:14 Don’t Load Them Down

Galatians 5:14 (KJV)
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

  • The Mosaic Law contains more than 600 regulations
  • The Ten Commandments are composed of, you guessed it, Ten Commandments
  • Jesus boiled them all into two greatest commandments
  • The Word of God here refines it to just one

Of course these narrower lists do not negate those previous. The broader list is contained within the narrower. For instance to fulfill the one law of Galatians five presupposes obedience to the first of two commandments given by our Lord Jesus Christ.

The nature of the faith is to concentrate truth to its basic core. We don’t intend to make things more difficult but to make the burden lighter. Wasn’t this the concern of the church in Acts fifteen?

Contrast this to:

  • the labor of the Jewish rabbis,
  • the rituals of the Roman Catholic Church or
  • the legislative work of the U.S. government

The laws in the United States just in the tax code number into the thousands and, it is admitted by those who work those codes, impossible to decipher consistently.

We don’t need to load people down with Christian rules and regulations. We just need to encourage them to love God with all their heart and soul. God will take care of all the rest.

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Galatians 4:14-17 Close In Spirit

Galatians 4:14-17 (KJV)
And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.
Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me.
Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?
They zealously affect you, but not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect them.

When Paul was there, in the region of Galatia, while he was preaching and ministering to them and among them, they had great love and affection for him. They would have happily sacrificed to be a blessing and help to him.

Now Paul is gone in presence (though not in spirit). As memories of his ministry begin to fade so does the warmth of their affections. Then, to add ice to their gradual cooling, others have arrived who are not friends of Paul. What was once a tender relationship has become brittle and cracked.

This happens all too often. People who have been blessed by a ministry turn cold to the ministry through lack of contact and then turn against that ministry through other influences.

I praise God it doesn’t happen in every case. The church in Philippi, for instance, maintained a red-hot affection for Paul even after he had been gone many years. No one has to turn away because of distance and other influences. It’s a choice.

Choose to stay close to those who have helped you, if not in presence, by all means in spirit.

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Galatians 2:19 Dead to the Law

Galatians 2:19 (KJV)
For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.

The very law that Paul called Christians to die to, is the law that had taught Paul about that death.

  • It was through the law he learned his sin nature.
  • It was through the law that he learned the weakness of his flesh
  • It was through the law that he discovered the wretchedness of his old man and
  • It was through the law that he came to know the means of deliverance through Jesus.

Albert Barnes writes, “…by contemplating the true character of the Law of Moses itself; by considering its nature and design; by understanding the extent of its requisitions, he had become dead to it; that is, he had laid aside all expectations of being justified by it.”

 

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