There was a strong current in the Early Church by some that wanted to make every new believer in Jesus just like Jewish believers and require them to follow the law of Moses for salvation. Peter was confronted by “the grace of God [and] was glad” through Cornelius and his house (Acts 11:23). When the church in Jerusalem heard what God did by giving the Holy Spirit to the Gentiles also (15:8) and that they “will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus” as well (15:11), there was nothing more to say except confirm the mighty work of God.
About the same time as this council in Jerusalem, Paul heard that some false teachers were spreading a false gospel based on fulfilling the Law rather than being saved by grace. Paul had been directly involved with Barnabas in planting these churches in Galatia. With spiritual jealousy for this work of God, he writes his first letter to the Galatians confronting these false teachers and their undermining the grace of God in these precious souls. What they were teaching caused believers in these churches to “quickly desert Him who called them in the grace of Christ and turn to a different gospel…wanting to distort the gospel of Christ” (Galatians 1:6-7).
As those who have come to value the grace of God, it is imperative that we allow the Spirit in us to discern subtle deviations from grace that eventually brings the soul into legalism, law; bondage. “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1). So many fear this freedom because they think it leads to license for sin. If we “walk by the Spirit, [we] will not gratify the desires of the flesh” (5;16). The challenge we have is submitting to Spirit’s control.
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