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09) Justification and spiritual walk by faith (Galatians 5:1-15)Eric Peterman, September 22, 2019
Part of the Galatians series, taught at a Sunday Morning service
Paul really shifts focus now! He urges his believing children in the faith to walk away from obedience to the Law and it's outward symbol, circumcision, as a means of justification and spiritual walk. He tells them they've "fallen from grace", not meaning they are spiritually unsaved, but they've fallen from the high perch that is the only and best view to gazing at Christ Jesus. They've fallen off the step-ladder, so to speak, regarding the life and walk by faith, which is by grace alone, empowered and illumined by the Spirit. This is the real practical part of the letter.
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1Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. 2Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. 3For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 4Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. 5For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 6For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. 7Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? 8This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. 9A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. 10I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be. 11And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased. 12I would they were even cut off which trouble you. 13For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. 14For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 15But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. (KJV)