Galatians 5:25 Walk in the Spirit

Galatians 5:25 (KJV)
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

One of the objections I have heard a lot from the Messianic Jews, and those Gentiles following their teaching, is that they do not claim to rely on the law for salvation. They are often adamant, at least some of them, that their soul rests solely upon Jesus. They claim that the O.T. law is for principles of righteousness, good works, and not of salvation. 

My problem with that runs in a few lines:
First, they lay a potential snare for others. 
Even if they, in fact, do trust Christ alone for salvation, they have left a door open for others to trust the works of the law, which they strongly believe should be practiced, for their justification. 

Second, I see a complete repudiation of those works (of the law) in the N.T. 
This is exactly what led to the dispute between Paul and Peter. When Peter, in a weak moment, slipped back into the O.T. thinking Peter rebuked Him. 

Third, this is clearly discouraged in our text verse. 
We are not justified by the law but by the Spirit. We are to live out our Christian life in the power of the Holy Spirit and not by the law. 

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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