Galatians 5:1-6 (JDV)
Galatians 5:1 Christ set us free so we could experience freedom. Stand stable then and don’t submit again to a yoke of slavery.
Galatians 5:2 See! I, Paul, am saying to you that if you get yourselves circumcised, Christ will not be of benefit to you at all.
Galatians 5:3 Once more I testify to every human who gets himself circumcised that he is obligated to do the entire law.
Galatians 5:4 You who are trying to be justified by the law are alienated from Christ; you have fallen from favor.
Galatians 5:5 You see, we eagerly await through the Breath, by faith, the hope of righteousness
Galatians 5:6 because in Christ Jesus neither being circumcised nor not being uncircumcised accomplishes anything; what matters is faith achieving things by love.
the things that matter
The Sacred Breath (Holy Spirit) has come into us, and given us new life. We have no need to go back to the dead letter – which could only accentuate our need for Christ. If we try to be justified any other way, it would alienate us from Christ. The achievements which matter are the ones achieved in faith by acts of love.
Lord, thank you for the new life we have. Thank you that we never need rely on the dead letter to do the things that matter.