Galatians 5:1-3

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. Galatians 5:1

In the first verse of Galatians 5 (NASB), the apostle Paul wrote, “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” What was Paul talking about?

Many times the things that bind us do not seem harmful at first glance. In this particular entry in God’s Word, we find that the Galatian believers were simply doing what tradition and the Law of Moses had taught them to do: Be circumcised as an outward sign of their allegiance and devotion to God. Yet their wrong theology quickly became a stumbling block to their spiritual growth.

Paul told them, “I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law” (verse 3 NASB). The “whole Law” carried with it a tremendous burden. In fact, the requirements were so great that no one could keep them, which was the point of Christ’s coming.

What we could not do for ourselves, Jesus did for us. He is the Fulfillment of the law and our Doorway to eternal freedom and rest.

When you come to a point in your life where you find yourself striving to earn God’s approval, think of Paul’s admonition to you: “It was for freedom that Christ set us free.” Never abuse the freedom the Lord has given you. But likewise, never dismiss the fact that when the Son sets you free, you are free indeed!

Thank You for freedom, Lord. Help me never to abuse the freedom You have given me.

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