Friday, July 2, 2021
The summer study called FREEDOM on the book of Galatians has been challenging so far. The belief that spiritual freedom is earned by our own worth and works is refuted by the Apostle Paul, and that upsets the proverbial apple cart of our value system. Today I have one final thought for this week before we meet together on Sunday for worship and the study of Galatians 2:15-21.
Have we truly put to death our own worth and works so that we might live by faith alone in Jesus Christ’s worth and work?
Paul puts a capstone on his teaching about justification by faith and not by works with this statement in Galatians 2:20.
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
As you prepare to hear the word of the Lord on Sunday, think about the question above.
- Have I truly put to death my trust in my own worthiness to earn eternal life?
- Have I truly put to death my ability to do enough righteous works to earn the forgiveness of my sins?
- Is my hope to see Jesus face to face built in any way on the foundation of my personal value and performance so that God is required to grant me access to His presence?
- Have I crucified my sin with Christ so that the life I now live is actually Christ living His life through me?
- Are the priorities and pursuits of my life determined by my faith in Jesus Christ?