Who Hindered You?

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.  For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?” Galatians 5:1-7.

Just as many in the church today are being pressured by false teachers to embrace the Law of Moses, so too were the Galatian Gentiles.  Not only the Law of Moses but any religious activity that one adds to the Cross of Jesus and His finished work will profit us nothing.   It is not possible to wed the two.  We cannot be wed to our works and His Grace.  The very definition of apostasy is  renunciation of our religious faith.  When our faith shifts from what the Lord Jesus Christ has done, to what we have done (works of the law, Mosaic or modern, no matter the outward holy appearance) we have apostatized and have fallen from Grace.

Apostasy does not bring Salvation.  We are justified through faith in Jesus Christ and Him Crucified and faith in Him alone.  If this is offensive to you, I ask you “who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?” – Donna Clark Warren

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