Message in the Galatians (11)

What should we do?

“But what does the scripture say? ‘Throw out the slave woman and her son, for the son of the slave woman will not share the inheritance with the son’ of the free woman.” (Galatians 4:30, NET). To free themselves from the power of sin the yielded believers must renounce flesh and stop using the law as their guardian and stop using the works of the law as their moral standard. The yielded believers are children of the free through the Son of the promise – Jesus Christ. Those who are the new creation in Jesus Christ have the Holy Spirit as their guardian, or their tutor, who communicates to their new spirit that they are, here and now, the children of God in Jesus Christ, and not slaves. Romans 8:15, 16.

Our guardian, the Holy Spirit, is opposed to the flesh. Those who still have the law as their guardian are slaves and servants who do not have the legal right of inheritance in the Father’s kingdom. Only the children of the free, the children through the Son of the promise, have the right to inherit the property of their Father. Those who want to have a firm assurance of salvation must, once for all time, renounce their reliance on their goodness, strength, wisdom, and knowledge; and, by trusting Jesus surrender to the righteousness by the faithfulness of Jesus Christ.

The righteous by the faithfulness of Jesus will be ridiculed, maligned, and persecuted by those who have the law as their guardian, and rely on the works of the law for their righteousness. John 15:18 – 21. So, what should the children of the promise in Jesus Christ do? Paul issues undebatable guidance, “For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not be subject again to the yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1, NET). Either, we are saved by grace alone through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ alone, or not saved at all. If we add the law as a requirement for our salvation, then we cannot be saved. The law will not relinquish its authority to condemn sinners, regardless of how well they behave. The law cannot forgive, it is not designed to do so. Those who add the works of the law to salvation by the faithfulness of Jesus remain eternally condemned. They remain condemned because they willfully and deliberately choose to remain condemned.

Are then those who do not have the law as their guardian free from moral obligation? Read the next blog.

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Dan Lazich

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