“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage” – Galatians 5:1
LIGHT FOR NOW: Your arrival in Christ is your freedom from bondage.
It is saddening to hear that believers in church today have been entangled by the yoke of bondage because of the kind of message they hear. You are not different from what you hear. The sort of message you hear determines the path of your Christian life.
The question is what did Paul mean in the above text? To arrive at an understanding, key words must be understood. The word “stand fast” as used in the above text was translated from the Greek word “steko” which implies stand firm or to persist.
In essence, Paul was saying “stand firm or persist in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made you free…” The liberty or freedom in Christ is our salvation; it is in salvation that we have freedom. It is in salvation that we have liberty.
Furthermore, when the Apostle said “and be not entangled with any yoke of bondage”, it was in reference to the law. The post-text stresses this fact: “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” (Colossians 5:2-3).
Therefore, the yoke of bondage in his discussion was the law. In essence, the freedom or liberty in Galatians 5:1 is freedom from the law (which is the yoke of bondage); salvation in Christ is freedom from the law.
Thus, trying to practice the Law of Moses after being saved is entangling yourself with the yoke of bondage.
The Law of Moses did not make anyone score points with God. The Law demanded human performance and no human (even the Jews to whom the law was given) could keep the dictates of the law. Jesus in Matthew 5:7 makes a very crucial statement, “think not I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy but to fulfill”.
The word ‘fulfill’ means to meet the demands of the law. Man could not meet the demands of the law, only Jesus could. Man could not keep the law; Jesus kept all requirements and ended the law because he was the fulfillment of the law. The Apostle Paul echoed this in Romans 10:4, “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth”.
The believer in Christ doesn’t please God by observing the law; the believer in Christ pleases God by his faith in Christ. This is what pleases God and not the laws of Moses. We are not saved by the law but we are saved by grace. We are not saved by grace to obey, observe or live by the law; we are saved by grace to live by grace. Your salvation began by grace, continues in grace and finishes in grace. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Stay in your liberty.
PRAYER: Father, I thank you for meeting the demands of the law on my behalf and making me free from it through your redemptive sacrifice. Thank you for this liberty I have in you, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Life in Christ is freedom from bondage.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: John Chapter 1; EVENING: Romans Chapter 10