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Galatians 2:20-21

 

My old self has been crucified with Christ.

It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.

So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless.

For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.

 

As we embark on part three of our seven-part devotion series that is helping us explore who we are in Christ, it is appropriate that we are once again listening to the apostle Paul.  The Galatian churches were planted during Paul's second missionary journey.  At first, all was going very well for the Galatians.  They were doing well in their Christian life (3:3).  They were doing well spiritually (5:7).  Then, as with most of us, they were distracted from the truth about Jesus Christ by the Judaizers.  This group of false Jewish teachers preached heresy to the Galatians.  These "teachers" insisted that for one to be saved, not only must we believe in Jesus, but also in Mosaic Law.  This confused and confounded many of the Galatians and Jesus became less and less important.  The Judaizers attacked Paul, his missionary team, and the message of salvation in Jesus Christ.  The Galatians started having trouble being obedient to God (5:7).  They starting observing some parts of the Mosaic Law (4:10).  Ultimately, many Galatians were considering a complete acceptance of Mosaic Law (1:6, 4:9).  How did the Galatians get so "far-a-field" when they were doing so well?  The answer is the same for them as it is for us.  All of us fail to heed the warnings about false prophets and we have no self-confidence in who we are without Jesus.  The farther we stray from the grace of God, exhibited by our faith in His Son Jesus Christ, the easier it is for false prophets to sway our points of view.  This is why daily fellowship with other believers is so important.  Everything we do and say must be run through our "Biblical filter."  God tells us that there is one way to the Father and it is through His Son Jesus.  If we are confident in this fact, the Judaizers can never sway our beliefs.  False prophets will always be there.  We can't stop that fact, as our Christian lives are a battle ground between God and Satan every minute of every day.  How important is our sense of self in Christ?  There simply is nothing else.  If we don't know who God created us to be, we are in store for total chaos.  In the world today, does this sound familiar?  It should!  How can we stop this erosion of God's presence in our lives?  Look at Paul's last verse of Scripture today.  "If keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die!"  Point made!!!