Bible Reading Day 268
Day 268: September 25 (Galatians 2)
Paul continues his personal testimony, pointing out key places where he has followed grace, and not law, and detailing the approval and welcome had had from the leaders of the church in Jerusalem (who the Judaizers would point to as the pinnacles of true Christianity).
Most of the details Paul recounts are also included in Luke’s accounts in the book of Acts. This is not just a preacher saying whatever is necessary to make his point!
The admonition of Peter by Paul must have been quite a thing to see! And what a great example for us, who are often too scared to speak up when we see a friend make a mistake. God intends us to speak the truth to each other in love. If either truth or love are lacking, great harm can result, but only those united in their belonging to the family of God can bring truth and love to bear on the issues that arise from our human weakness.
And then Paul’s central teaching for this letter: “we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law.”
And finally Paul goes on to show how rebuilding the system of law is foolish, or even sinful, because only Jesus can save, not our observance of laws and requirements. And let’s not mistake what Paul is saying – his words apply equally to the old Jewish system and to the “must, ought, should” requirements that modern religion adds to faith in Jesus.
So check for any “must, ought, should” in your life today, and celebrate that the life you have is a free gift from your Heavenly Father who loves you and His Son Jesus who died for you, brought by the Holy Spirit who lives in you.
Have a great day!