Posts Tagged ‘Faith v works’

Colossians 2:16-23 Hold Fast to the Head

If the Head says do it, then do it. If the Head says it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t. Follow Him and you will never go wrong.

Paul is giving his readers encouragement against those who are trying to oppress them. “Let no one pass judgement on you” (verse 16a).

The judgement this group was facing was from the false teachers who were trying to conform them to their own standards. “How could he call himself a believer when he eats THAT!” “Believers don’t celebrate those holidays.” “You have to be completely free of any worldly interactions if you are really a believer.”

These are actual attitudes still today. “If you don’t do it my way you can’t really be a ‘Christian’.” That is not what Jesus said.

Jesus said that HE is the way. No man comes to the Father except through Him. No amount of actions or inactions will get you there. Only faith in Jesus. He set up the foundation for the church. He is the head of the church. Jesus calls it His body and He is the Head. If the teaching lines up with HIS word, then by all means follow it. If not, RUN the other way.

One of the foundational teachings of Jesus is that regulations and rules won’t get you into Heaven. We can’t keep them perfectly, no matter how hard we try. Jesus freed us from the law through His death and resurrection. He gave us freedom. Read more »

Galatians 3:10-14 Curse Ended by Another Curse

You will never measure up. Jesus already took care of it for you.

Paul digs in and tells his readers WHY following the law will only lead to disaster for them. The law actually brought the attempter under a curse, NOT delivered salvation.

God’s law was amazing, BUT man couldn’t live up to its standards. Every single person fell short of the standard and if you fell short in ANY way then you earned the curses outlined in it instead. “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them” (verse 11).

God said ALL THINGS. There was no wiggle room. Even the born again Christians couldn’t live up to those standards. So the Gentiles trying to keep the law after receiving the promise by faith were putting themselves back under the curse. You can’t have it both ways. Either you follow every letter of the law or you leave it lay. No picking and choosing which parts to obey. Read more »

Galatians 3:1-9 Check Your History

Not because of what I’ve done but because of Who You are!

Paul is continuing to prove out his point on salvation by faith and not by works. In today’s reading he asks his readers to look back at their own experience with the gospel of Jesus. How did they come to know Him?

The believers Paul was writing to where those he met while traveling in his first missionary journey. They weren’t in one specific city but scattered through the lower region of Galatia. During his travels through their cities the Holy Spirit confirmed his teachings with many miracles. There was also the baptism of the Holy Spirit happening in these Gentile believers. These were immediate signs given to them by God of their acceptance into His family.

Paul asks his readers if, “Having begun by the Spirit, are now being perfected by the flesh?” (verse 3). After all they have seen and experienced are they now convinced that what they received was given to them in error? Did God get things turned around? Read more »