The book of Galatians is a very strong message to the church; it was strong when it was written and it is still strong.
It is a warning about legalism and about how dangerous that is for the church.
Paul calls legalism (the man made rules that are used to try and relate to God) a perversion of the gospel of Christ (Galatians 1 v 7).
He says if anyone preaches this perversion that they should be accursed (Galatians 1 v 8 and 9).
He compares legalism to the yoke of bondage (Galatians 5 v 1).
But the strongest statement Paul makes in my opinion is in Galatians 2 v 21.
He says that if we try and come before God and relate to God according to our performance and works (law and legalism) then we are saying that Christ died in vain.
Wow, what a strong statement!
Christ died so that we would be reconciled and forgiven, us allowing us to choose to be saved and then move into relationship with God.
We come before God because of what Jesus has done not through what we do.
By trying to adhere to law and by being legalistic we are saying what Christ did was not enough.
We are saying His work was the “not quite finished work”, when it truly was a finished work.
Rest in His grace today, do not try to strive to perform trying to be good.
Rest in the fact that Jesus good and that is what God is satisfied with!
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ, and thank you that this is the basis for our relationship”.
Galatians 2 v 21…..I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain