Posted by: clevsea | November 27, 2006

why do you compel Gentiles to live as Jews?

I have said this many times. Everytime I feel like following the Law I read Galations and that cures me. Here I have complied some highlights from Gal. concerning the Law and I have kept the context as much as possible without simply posting the whole book.

 

The NKJ including their section titles:

Galatians 2:3-7

“Yet not even Titus who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled
to be circumcised. And this occurred because of false brethren
secretly brought in (who came in by stealth to spy out our liberty
which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into
bondage), to whom we did not yield submission even for an hour,
that the truth of the gospel might continue with you. But from those
who seemed to be something—whatever they were, it makes no
difference to me; God shows personal favoritism to no man—for those
who seemed to be something added nothing to me. But on the contrary,
when they saw that the gospel for the uncircumcised had been
committed to me, as the gospel for the circumcised was to Peter.”

Galatians 2:11-21

No Return to the Law

“Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face,
because he was to be blamed; for before certain men came from James,
he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and
separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision. And
the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with him, so that
even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy. But when I saw
that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I
said to Peter before them all, “If you, being a Jew, live in the
manner of Gentiles and not as the Jews, **why do you compel Gentiles
to live as Jews?** We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the
Gentiles, knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the
law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ
Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the
works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be
justified. “But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we
ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of
sin? Certainly not! For if I build again those things which I
destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. For I through the law died
to the law that I might live to God. I have been crucified with
Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the
life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of
God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not set aside the
grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then
Christ died in vain.”

Galatians 3 – whole chapter.

“O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey
the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed
among you as crucified? This only I want to learn from you: Did you
receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of
faith? Are you so foolish? **Having begun in the Spirit, are you now
being made perfect by the flesh?** Have you suffered so many things
in vain—if indeed it was in vain?
Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among
you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of
faith?— just as Abraham “believed God, and it was accounted to him
for righteousness. ” Therefore know that only those who are of faith
are sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would
justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham
beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.” So
then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.

The Law Brings a Curse

For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for
it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all
things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.” But
that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident,
for “the just shall live by faith.” Yet the law is not of faith,
but “the man who does them shall live by them.” Christ has redeemed
us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it
is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”], that the
blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus,
that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

The Changeless Promise

Brethren, I speak in the manner of men: Though it is only a man’s
covenant, yet if it is confirmed, no one annuls or adds to it. Now
to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not
say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,”
who is Christ. And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred
and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed
before by God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no
effect. For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no longer of
promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

Purpose of the Law

What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of
transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was
made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator.
Now a mediator does not mediate for one only, but God is one.
Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if
there had been a law given which could have given life, truly
righteousness would have been by the law. But the Scripture has
confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ
might be given to those who believe. But before faith came, we were
kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would
afterward be revealed. **Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us
to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.** But after faith
has come, we are no longer under a tutor.

Sons and Heirs

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as
many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There
is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is
neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if
you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according
to the promise.”

Galatians 4:8-11, 21-31

Fears for the Church

“But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which
by nature are not gods. But now after you have known God, or rather
are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and
beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? **You
observe days and months and seasons and years. I am afraid for you,
lest I have labored for you in vain.**

Two Covenants

Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the
law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a
bondwoman, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman
was born according to the flesh, and he of the freewoman through
promise, which things are symbolic. For these are the two
covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage,
which is Hagar— for this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and
corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her
children— but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us
all. For it is written:

” Rejoice, O barren,
You who do not bear!
Break forth and shout,
You who are not in labor!
For the desolate has many more children
Than she who has a husband.”

Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise. But, as he
who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born
according to the Spirit, even so it is now. Nevertheless what does
the Scripture say? “Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son
of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.”
So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman but of the
free.”

Galatians 5:1-15.

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us
free, and **do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. Indeed
I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will
profit you nothing.** And I testify again to every man who becomes
circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law. You have
become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by
law; you have fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit eagerly
wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Christ Jesus
neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith
working through love.

Love Fulfills the Law

You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This
persuasion does not come from Him who calls you. A little leaven
leavens the whole lump. I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that
you will have no other mind; but he who troubles you shall bear his
judgment, whoever he is. And I, brethren, if I still preach
circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of
the cross has ceased. I could wish that those who trouble you would
even cut themselves off! For you, brethren, have been called to
liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh,
but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in
one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed
by one another!”

Galatians 6:12-15.

“As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would
compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer
persecution for the cross of Christ. For not even those who are
circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised
that they may boast in your flesh. But God forbid that I should
boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the
world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For in Christ
Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a
new creation.”

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