MONDAY, OCTOBER 1
SCRIPTURE: GALATIANS 2
BY: Josh Boles
Sorry for the delay, our internet was down all morning.
Friday we talked about the Gospel. We talked about the fact that there is only one true Gospel, and anything else is not sufficient for Christian living. If your faith is in the one true Gospel than that will influence your way of living. That theme will continue in todays reading. Today we will look at Galatians 2:15-21.
Paul begins this segment by talking about justification. In light of our salvation and sanctification, it is crucial for us to understand the concept of justification. Before we get into the passage more lets unpack these terms a little bit. Paul does a pretty good job unpacking this in 15-16. Even himself being a Jew, he realizes that there are no good deeds that will save him. Only the justification of his sins through faith in Jesus Christ can do that. It is only because of this justification that we have so great a salvation and are able to be sanctified in His name.
The thing we must know about justification is that it is a one time thing. Christ died once, for all. When we are justified by His grace through faith our legal standing with God is permanently changed. There is nothing that can take that away. Go read Romans 8:38-39 if you don’t believe me. The thing we overlook sometimes is that the work of salvation is never complete in our lives until we go to be with Jesus. I want to be very clear here and affirm that I fully believe that our salvation is secure and eternal, so let me explain what I mean.
Salvation is not just our ticket into heaven. It is our calling to live lives separate from any other way of living that fights for our affection to the one true God. When we are justified we have entered into a covenant relationship with God. We are entering into a life of servanthood and devotion to Him and His perfect Word. We see this in the next few corresponding verses. Look closely at 17 and then the words spoken after.
It is clear here that when we are justified, we are no longer to be slaves to our sin, but a servant to the Lord. Verse 18-19 further affirms this point. Why would we tear down something that was just beautiful created. We neglect our old way of living so that we can live for God.
As I stated above, once justified our legal standing with God never changes, but sin in our life disrupts our fellowship with Him. This is where sanctification comes in to play. Sanctification is the active part of our salvation that continues until the day we get to go be with the Lord. This is what I mean by saying the work of salvation is never complete. It is a continual process to grow closer to Jesus each, and every day. Notice how in verse 20 Paul says I have been crucified WITH Christ. It is no longer our lives we are living, but His will living through us. Along with Christ’s death burial and resurrection, so went our life of slavery in sin. We have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.
So think of your life just like we did yesterday. Think of the words you say, the thoughts you have, and the actions you make. Now consider the second half of verse 20. Is the life you live by faith in the Son of God, or is it in fleshly things. He loves us and gave His life for us not just so we could follow a list of rules and gain access to paradise. He died so we could make His name known and live for His glory. If the only thing Christ died for was for us to follow a long list of rules, than He died for nothing as we see in verse 21.
I want you to know my hear in this devotional today. I do not wish to chastise anybody or be harsh. This is something that I too must confess every day of my life. Living for Jesus and daily devotion to Him is not an option for us, we must continue to grow closer to Him. The point is not to be perfect. That is something we can never achieve on earth. The point is progress, to grow closer to Him daily. Be encouraged because Jesus loves you and He gave His life for you!