June 18, 1989
In his letter to the Galatians, the apostle Paul repeatedly reenforced the centrality of Christ’s finished work on the cross, plus nothing, as a means of salvation. However, some of the believers in Galatia—like many today—were attempting to yoke themselves again under the bondage of a false, works-based gospel. As Alistair Begg examines the letter, he highlights a principle to be affirmed, a process to be avoided, and a perspective to be adopted by all who would be made free in Christ.
1For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
2Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. 3I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law. 4You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified1 by the law; you have fallen away from grace. 5For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. 6For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.
7You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? 8This persuasion is not from him who calls you. 9A little leaven leavens the whole lump. 10I have confidence in the Lord that you will take no other view, and the one who is troubling you will bear the penalty, whoever he is. 11But if I, brothers,2 still preach3 circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been removed. 12I wish those who unsettle you would emasculate themselves!
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