“If anyone knew the difference between [law and grace], it was Paul the apostle of grace, who had been Saul the persecutor of grace.
Through the Christ-centered preaching of Paul, the Galatians had been delivered from the bondage of trying to get to heaven by obeying the Ten Commandments and following the ceremonial law. Paul preached a Jesus who had obeyed the moral law for sinners, a Jesus who had suffered the penalty of a law broken by sinners, and a Jesus who had abolished the rituals and ceremonies by fulfilling them.
The yoke of bondage was smashed. The prison doors were opened. The chains fell off. They entered a new world of freedom and liberty. Who would ever give that up?
The Galatians did. They allowed false teachers from the Jewish synagogue to persuade them that faith in Jesus was not enough. They needed to be circumcised. They needed to follow the ceremonial rituals. Turning away from Jesus, they put their necks under the heavy yoke again.”
Be careful that having been set free by Christ and “begun in Spirit,” we “do not submit again to a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 3:3; 5:1).
David Murray, Jesus on Every Page, Thomas Nelson, 2013, page 26-27.
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