“Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law.” (Galatians 2:16 NLT)
In Paul’s first letter to the church in Galatia, he reminded them that following the “letter of the law” was not enough to keep a person in right-standing with God. The “law” that he referenced was in response to Peter’s attempt to enforce circumcision upon the Gentiles (non-Jewish sect) and Paul had to remind the people that Peter’s only concern at that point was simply to avoid criticism of other Jews.
One of the biggest problems Believers face today is understanding The Word within the context of each conversation or letter. This is one of the reasons that those who have a surface level understanding can promote opposition to The Word because they really have no understanding of the intent of The Word. For many have tried to take this segment of scripture and say–that Jesus changed what His Father had said. Mere circumcision will not keep a person in right relationship with God because it is a physical act–an act that not many will adhere to. Faith–in Jesus Christ, who was with God from the beginning is not about–the physical acts we do–it is about our spiritual growth and understanding that we need to develop a relationship with Him. For we who worship Him, must do so in truth and in Spirit. In other words, our faith–should be based upon our relationship and desire to please God, not man.
Nothing, absolutely nothing changes God’s intent for mankind–that we be fruitful and multiply under the umbrella of marriage which is sacred to God! And when we understand that the fulfillment of the law–is love–love for God and each other–we would not deliberately try to persuade others to live in opposition to God’s Word.
For those who want to perpetuate a lie–under the guise of saying, “Jesus is all about love and He doesn’t care how we live,” you lie and we know that all liars have a place prepared for them in the lake of fire. Jesus cares so much about how we live that He was willing to die for us–out of love–so that when filled with His love–we can walk circumspectly among all people–living according to the Truth of God’s Word.
There is no more sacrifice to be made for man’s salvation because He has already completed it–once and for all. Our role now is to live like we love Him and to obey Him–in Truth, led by Holy Spirit.
We have many “Peters” in the world–those who will deny faith in Jesus–in order to appease others and avoid criticism by mere men. Don’t be a Peter in this regard–seek The Lord for yourself and know Him in Truth and how He wants us to live! However, if we have no relationship with Him, we cannot seek His wisdom because we will not hear Him. Get it right, today!