The Galatian church was a church being turned away from the grace of Jesus. Paul had taught them, they’d believed, but someone had come into their midst and caused them to believe that grace wasn’t enough. Sound familiar? Suddenly, they started thinking they had to begin observing the old Jewish customs again of the Passover, the Feasts, festivals, and other areas of the law. They were even about to become circumcised. They went back to the old ways because what they were doing wasn’t enough. It couldn’t be enough, could it?
Paul asked them if they really believed that if they started out in the Spirit of the Lord were they were now being made perfect by what they were doing in the flesh? He implored them, “Stand fast in the freedom by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Over and over, he reminded them that Jesus fulfilled the law and brought grace and victory for a reason. He said that if we bind ourselves within the confines of the law again then Christ died for nothing. Christ died to fulfill the law once and for all, and anyone who tells us otherwise is not of God.
That freedom doesn’t mean we should simply live or speak however we choose, however. There is more to the story…
Tune in again tomorrow,
Pr. 2:9: “Then you will understand righteousness and justice, equity and every good path.”
Not all paths are equal. In order to understand the good paths, we must encounter God.
Saul is an amazing example of this. He is found in Acts 9 “still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord.” He had already wreaked havoc of the church, imprisoned men and women, and consented to the stoning of Stephen. He is now found journeying on a path to Damascus prepared to bind and bring back to Jerusalem any he found that belonged to Christ.
However, as he journeyed a light suddenly shone around him from heaven and He encountered the Lord. The Lord pointed Saul to a different path. Of this man who had persecuted the Lord (vs. 4), the Lord said, “He is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel.”
And that is just what Saul (later called Paul) did. If you follow Paul’s path after his encounter with the Lord, you will find that he preached the name of Jesus Christ far and wide, and trained others to do the same. In addition, 14 books in the Bible are letters written by Paul. He is still preaching the name of Jesus Christ today!
Encountering God certainly enabled Paul to understand and keep to a good path. When we are looking for the good path, we needn’t look any further than the Lord. As God’s chosen vessels, I wonder what we’ve been chosen to bear?