Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not be subject again to the yoke of slavery. Galatians 5.1
The Galatians were in danger of being alienated from Christ. There were some who had slipped into their ranks and began teaching that to be a good Christian, you also had to obey the law of Moses.
Paul made it very clear that if you obeyed one aspect of the law, then you were obligated to obey all of it. This had been impossible to do. With the coming of Christ, people were free from the law since Christ had fulfilled it. He offered himself as the perfect sacrifice given once for all of mankind. However, only those who accept his sacrifice and obey his commandments will receive the benefits of it. Paul wanted the Galatians to understand that they were freed from the law of Moses.
In Christ, we have freedom that was not seen under the law of Moses. The Israelites had to make sacrifices constantly. There were feasts and days that had to be celebrated. If they were not celebrated, the Israelites would be forced out of the camp.
The freedom that we have in Christ is seen in the one act of baptism where we have contact with the blood of Jesus. There is only one feast that is celebrated, the Lord’s Supper. During the Lord’s Supper we are reminded of all that Jesus has done on our behalf and it is to help us to remember that on a regular basis.
Paul’s instructions to the Galatians were to stand firm against those who were teaching error and not to fall prey to them. The same instructions apply to us today regarding any teaching that is not in agreement with God’s word. We are to stand firmly against it.