Sunday 23 June, 2013

Galatians 5:7-12

7 You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth? 8 The One who chooses you does not keep you from obeying the truth. 9 You should know that “just a little yeast works its way through the whole batch of dough.” 10 The Lord makes me certain that you will not think in any other way. The one who has gotten you all mixed up will pay the price. It doesn’t matter who that may be. 11 Brothers and sisters, I am not still preaching that people must be circumcised. If I were, why am I still being opposed? If that were what I preach, then the cross wouldn’t upset anyone. 12 So then, what about troublemakers who try to get others to be circumcised? I wish they would go the whole way! I wish they would cut off everything that marks them as men!

Paul doesn’t know who it is that has come into the church and is teaching circumcision + Jesus but he knows that their teaching is effecting the whole church, “A little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough” .. Paul uses a perfect word picture that all in the Galatian church will understand – as every home would make bread every day.

Paul is annoyed with the Galatian Christians because they are listening and acting on the false teaching but being annoyed doesn’t even begin to describe what Paul thought these ‘circumcisers’ needed to do with their knives!! But he is also confident that the Galatians will come to their senses and realise that circumcision is a thing of the past.

I know that I don’t observe any of the OT Law, but is there anything that I do that I add to the death of Jesus on the cross, so that I feel ‘right’ or accepted or clean or … whatever … before God??  Have I ever listened to teaching that says that I have to do or be a certain way to be a ‘real’ Christian?  Observing one little thing means that Jesus is not enough.

Father, please help me to recognise if I ever add anything, other than my faith in Jesus, for my salvation and forgiveness to be acceptable before you. Amen

Written by Suzie Hodgson

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