Today’s passage: Galatians 5:1-6
- Christ death on the cross set us free. To go back under the law would return us to our bondage and condemnation, the very things from which we were set free.
- If you believe obedience to the law is required for your salvation, you are not trusting in Christ. You are not saved. Law and grace cannot mix.
- To be severed from Christ and to have fallen from grace does not mean that a person lost their salvation. It simply means that when a person seeking justification hears both the messages of law and grace, if that person chooses law, they have rejected grace.
- Once a person is justified by His grace, God has committed to their glorification. (Romans 8:30)
- Christ fulfilled the law. So if we are in Christ, it doesn’t matter how much of it we fulfilled. Remember, we all fall short anyway!
Questions to consider:
- If we try to follow one part of the law to get justification, what have we committed ourselves to? What could be the only result of our effort to fulfill the law?
- If we believe we now have to obey a law, what we forgotten about ourselves prior to the start of our attempt? Is it right to say that Jesus died for all of our past sins and gave us a fresh start for a new attempt? Did He merely unlock the door or did He guarantee our complete entry and acceptance?
- Do you know someone who has been trying to get to God through their efforts? How could you tell them about God’s grace? How could you tell them about Jesus Christ and the Gospel?