See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For even those who are circumcised do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.
From now on let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.
(Galatians 6:11-18 ESV)
It was custom for Paul to take the pen at the end and write the conclusion himself. That is what all that large letters business is. Isn’t it great that he gives them this concluding paragraph? I think so. He has come a long way since foaming mouth mad to this.
So what is this all about?
Well, for starters we can rest assured that he still doesn’t have anything good to say about legalist and legalism. He points out their silliness one more time and calls them a name or two. I would too.
The entire gist of this whole book is LOOK OUT FOR THESE GUYS. So that is where we will end as well. Be on the lookout for those who are propping themselves up on themselves. They are bad news man.
Short today on purpose. I want you to take the time now to look at your heart and determine if you are more like the one Paul is warning us about than you previously thought.
Are there areas of your life in which you are not standing on grace?
What do you do when you discover that you are bound by your own tradition or legalism?
Take this time to repent of your sins and obey the One who saved you.
It has been a pleasure writing these little devotions for you guys.