GALATIANS‬ ‭2:15-21‬ ‭‬‬

““You and I are Jews by birth, not ‘sinners’ like the Gentiles. 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.” But suppose we seek to be made right with God through faith in Christ and then we are found guilty because we have abandoned the law. Would that mean Christ has led us into sin? Absolutely not! Rather, I am a sinner if I rebuild the old system of law I already tore down. For when I tried to keep the law, it condemned me. So I died to the law—I stopped trying to meet all its requirements—so that I might live for God. My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.”

Galatians‬ ‭2:15-21‬ ‭NLT‬‬

This short but strong few verses is the crux of Christian living. Unfortunately it is one of the most glossed over concepts in all of Christendom. In it we have a explanation, beyond the event, of Christ’s crucifixion. There is a call to, not only discipleship, but ownership and complete assimilation by the Christ in our lives. Many believers completely forsake Christ because they forsake this theology. To accept God’s grace and the gift of salvation is to accept its efforts and intents. These are aimed at utterly destroying the sin nature of men. The main goal of sin is to cultivate self centric desires into quick but finite rewards at the expense of everyone, including the sinner. It is an a front to God’s selfless and infinitely minded love. Following Christ means folllowing him into death of self and sin nature. Without this journey for the self, there is no return to resurrection after. To truly be a disciple of Christ, one must allow him to fully assimilate all aspects of life. In short, one must take his journey with the mindset that his path for his intentions is a path threat sheds the sin nature. One cannot simply step where he stepped, they must step why he stepped. They must join with him.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy.

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