Through the Bible with Les Feldick
GALATIANS 4:15 - 5:11
We love your letters anyway. Remember Ishmael stood for the Law and legalism whereas Isaac was a picture of the freedom that we have in Grace because of the promises of God. God has promised that if we will believe for our salvation what Christ has done for us in the finished work of the Cross, then we are His for eternity. John 17:9
We are literally God's gift to the Son in response to His obedience to the work of the Cross. Where Paul writes now to you and I as well as to the Galatian believers -
Galatians 5:1
It has to be the ego because when you're saved by Grace there's no ego. Colossians 2:13-14
It's been crucified. That thought reminds me of Romans Chapter 7, and let's look at verse 4.
Romans 7:4-6
"Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; (or the work of the Cross) that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. We were spiritually dead) the motions of sins, which were by the law,(remember all the Law could do was condemn. (Remember the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life. Now back to Galatians Chapter 5. Also remember when I speak of the Law I'm not just talking about the Ten Commandments and Temple worship, BUT RATHER I'M TALKING ABOUT ANYTHING THAT YOU CAN ATTACH TO THE BEAUTIFUL GOSPEL WE BELIEVE FOR OUR SALVATION. THAT'S LEGALISM! Galatians 5:1-2
say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, (for salvation now remember) Christ shall profit you nothing."
Well circumcision, because that was the main point of legalism in Judaism. "Behold I Paul say unto you that if you speak in tongues as a requirement for salvation then Christ shall profit you nothing." All right let's use another word, baptism! "Behold I Paul say unto you that if you are baptized in water as a requirement for salvation then Christ shall profit you nothing." If you say, "Well I'm going to go and join a church," and if you're expecting that to somehow be part of your salvation then immediately you cancel the work of the Cross. I wish I could tell people, "Go join a church and you'll make it to heaven." Well thank God there are still people a little smarter than these others. Now verse 3.
Galatians 5:3
Only one and that was Christ Himself. You cannot somehow or other gain salvation by doing something, and you're not going to gain salvation by saying, "Yes I believe Christ died for me and rose from the dead, but I've also got to do this and that in order to finish the work of the Cross."
If you do that then Christ shall profit you nothing. Why? Because God is a jealous God, that's why. That at the Cross He finished every single demand of God on a sinful person. He would take all that guilt away from that person the moment he believes that Christ died and rose from the dead for his salvation. When God has done so much, when God gave the very best that all of heaven and the Godhead had to offer. No wonder God gets upset, no wonder God can consign unbelievers to Hell. I had a call this morning and the person said, "How can God send good people to such a horrible place?" I said, "Look, you wouldn't ask that question if you had a concept of how much God gave to save sinful men." Now I hate to see people lost. Now verse 4. Galatians 5:4a
"Christ is become of no effect..."
Christ is become of no effect.) "Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law;..." (or legalism, or works)
Verse 23.
Romans 3:23-24
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24. Romans 3:26a
Speaks in tongues? Gets baptized? See there's no legalism tied to that, that's pure Grace. Now let's come back to Galatians Chapter 5.
Galatians 5:4
"Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; (or works) ye are fallen from grace."
If you're going to put all these attachments and amendments on the Gospel, then you have literally turned your back on Grace. Grace says that there's nothing that I merit. Did God scream at Moses, "Tell the people to do something." No, but rather God said, "Stand still!" Why? God would evidence His power. Do nothing but BELIEVE the Gospel and God opens everything up. God breaks the chains of satanic power. God makes us a whole new person. Now verse 5.
Galatians 5:5
For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith."
It's not something like, "Well I hope I can get there." Isaiah 61:10
"I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness,..."