The scripture reading for today is from Galatians 5: 7-11.
“You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. ‘A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.’ I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion, whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty. Brothers and sisters, if I am still preaching the circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished…”
It’s easy to get deceived by other people with respect to our standing in Jesus Christ. Legalistic people try to add to the message and ask for us to “work harder” and to follow alternative prescriptions for salvation and success in the Christian life. The truth is that the cross is the lodestone that will pull us back to the correct way of thinking and away from lying philosophies. It is by His covenant to us that we stand firm, not by any gestures we make toward Him.
“Only by grace do we justify and only by faith are we justified” - P. Melanchthon
By focusing on what happened at the cross and rejecting works-based thinking, we can have victory. By focusing on our safety and hope in Him, we can be set free. I once knew an old minister who liked to compare this idea to the identification of counterfeit dollar bills by federal agents. He said that the agents spent many, many hours studying -real- bills to get saturated with the -true- images so when the fake presented itself, it was recognized instantly as phony. Similarly, it is easier to live the Christian life when focusing on His completed work for us and not on all of our trials and failures.
Do not turn back to legalism.
Allison Montgomery Yes5olias1@yahoo.com
Prayer Concern: For those who feel that they are unforgivable --that they might know they are forgiven ALREADY