Google+ 03/14/13 Don't Ignore the LARGE LETTERS!

Galatians 6:11-12

 

Notice what large letters I use as I write these closing words in my own handwriting.

Those who are trying to force you to be circumcised want to look good to others.

They don’t want to be persecuted for teaching that the cross of Christ alone can save. 

 

In our Scripture today, Paul uses LARGE LETTERS to make God's point.  I must confess that often God uses "LARGE LETTERS" to get my attention, because I sometimes don't listen like I should!  As we know, many times in the Biblical writings, a scribe was actually holding the pen of the speaker.  Today, Paul "grabs" that pen and insists that we listen.  To understand what Paul was trying to tell us, we must examine what was going on for the Galatians.  Obviously, the orthodox Jews struggled with the gospel of Jesus Christ.  The Judaizers were able to disarm Jewish hostility by preaching the gospel, along with grace and the law.  These "legalists" had their own interests at heart, not the Galatians.  Paul addresses this issue in a straight-forward way.  He explains that preaching Christ alone, is the only way to tell about Jesus, but he points out that the Judaizers don't want the persecution that others will give them because of this teaching.  Remember, the Jews all deserted Christ at His largest time of need.  Circumcision was no longer necessary, as that Old Testament covenant had been replaced with Jesus!  God no longer looked at the act of external circumcision, nor the lack of such, as the measuring stick for anyone's willingness to live their life for Him.  It was now important that we become a "new creature" in Christ.  Obviously these conflicting teachings, being presented to the Galatians, did nothing but confound and confuse them.  So, Paul writes to the Galatians and to us in LARGE LETTERS to tell us how important our belief in Jesus must be.  Nothing else matters in our daily walk.  Without this pure message, we will become confused.  If we are confused, we will confuse others as we tell them about Jesus.  Please listen to Paul's warning.  We are in the midst of a church age where "anything goes."  Read what Revelation says to the church of Laodicea.  God does not want us to be "lukewarm."  We have become that way because, as New Testament Churches, we are so worried about offending someone, that we offend everyone, especially God, by preaching a message that includes much more than Jesus.  We adapt Scripture to fit the lifestyles of everyone, instead of the other way around.  The next time we are prone to accept or preach a "non-Jesus message" that conflicts with New Testament Scripture, Paul and God have some advice for us.  It is not the "fine print" that God and Paul want us to notice.  Don't  ignore the "LARGE LETTERS!"