ISSL Reflections May 22 2022 Galatians 5:1–15 Post 3

VII.
Did you notice? Paul wrote,

For in Christ Jesus
neither circumcision nor uncircumcision
counts for anything;
the only thing that counts is
faith working through love.

How do you hear Paul presenting more aspects of such a statement?

VIII.
Galatians 5:1-15 (New Revised Standard Version)

For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

Listen! I, Paul, am telling you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no benefit to you. Once again I testify to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obliged to obey the entire law. You who want to be justified by the law have cut yourselves off from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. For through the Spirit, by faith, we eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything; the only thing that counts is faith working through love.

You were running well; who prevented you from obeying the truth? Such persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. A little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough. I am confident about you in the Lord that you will not think otherwise. But whoever it is that is confusing you will pay the penalty. But my friends, why am I still being persecuted if I am still preaching circumcision? In that case the offense of the cross has been removed. I wish those who unsettle you would castrate themselves!

For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.

IX.
What do you hear?

What gets in the way of –

  • “standing firm”
  • not submitting to a “yoke of slavery”
  • preventing “you from obeying the truth”
  • our call to “freedom”

X.
What words of encouragement and challenge do you hear from Paul?

charles
{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}


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