Greetings Brothers and Sisters...
I was reading Galatians today and wow what a book. Paul has so much depth to his writings, he truly is greatly inspired by the Holy Ghost!!!
Sometimes... well most times I have to read his writings several times and even then I have to really sit and contemplate their full meanings. God's Word is so alive and feeds us new manna each time we seek from Him.
In Galatians 4 he had just spoken of how as children of God we are not born of the bondwoman (Hagar / Ishmael), but of the other a freewoman (Sarah / Isaac).
Gal 4:22-26 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar (Hagar). For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
The Jerusalem which now is was the Jerusalem of that time and was in bondage under the Law because her religious leaders taught her to not abide or pay too much attention to the Law of God but rather just bring your offerings in at the end of the year and we will sacrifice and kill innocent life for your sins. Instead of teaching them of the Jerusalem above which is of God and void of all sin by choice and therefore free from the Law because we live fulfilling the Law as our example Jesus did.
But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
Now this does not mean we are perfect by any means, no man is perfect in all his ways save one.
Deu 32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
But lets look at how our Father feels and sees perfection...
1 Ch 28:9 And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.
Gen 17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
1 Kings 8:61 Let your heart therefore be perfect with the LORD our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day.
For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.
Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
God does give us examples of men that were perfect in His eyes. These men from God's perspective walked in His ways with a perfect heart. I believe that a perfect heart and a willing mind is what our Father would deem acceptable. Not that we aren't or haven't made mistakes along the way but our intent and follow thru is to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments.
So Gal 5 then says:
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
This yoke of bondage is sin. Not walking in the Law, but choosing to break the measure of righteousness.
Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
Circumcision to me means the extinction of passions (lusts) and the removal of spiritual impurity. For true Christians separated from the unclean multitude and truly consecrated to God.
So Paul says if we are truly circumcised that we are keeping the whole Law of God. He also is telling us that we all need the Grace that is Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our breakage of this Law. For all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory which is God. We are not justified of the Law because we have all fallen short. Even Job when he was tried to such an extent we would all pray not to have to endure, he was given the opportunity to see alittle bit a leaven that existed even within him.
Our Father is so Gracious as to reveal to us thru our trials what it is within us that keeps us from a pure heart. If we look at these trials as such, its an opportunity He has given us to see this and improve ourselves alittle bit more to be Christ like.
For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
So through the Spirit of our Father within us, we wait in the hope of righteousness by faith. We know that thru the righteousness and love that our LORD Jesus lived, there is hope for us all to live as He did if we should so choose and come to realize that we too are His sons and to become His Sons.
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Even as our Father in Heaven loves us as He loves Himself. Our example to follow in purity and trust. We are created in His Image.
In verse 18 he goes on to say:
But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
You are not under the Law because you are living the Law. Truly you are living the Ten Commandments and obeying the good and righteousness put forth by our Father in that you don't break the Law. The Spirit lives by the Law here and eternally. The Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. Let your spirit grow within you, feed it with the Word of God and it will lead you into a perfect heart and a willing mind.
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
So if we choose not to participate in these things and live righteously then the Law does not effect our lives, there is no judgment in the Law against us. I tell you that this Law is a measuring stick for all of us and for all life for all time. The things listed above are and will never be in the House of our Father (universe) . Quite the contrary by choosing not to participate in these things and living in His righteousness (good that is eternal) it will excel our strength and power in Him. We are meant to be Sons of the Living God and were made in His Image. There is meaning in this folks... We are Sons of the Most High and His Glory and Power He wants to bestow upon His Children.
His Sons Choose and Live in:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Blessings and Love...