SUNDAY, JANUARY 9
Scripture: Galatians 5:9-12
And finally in Galatians 5:11,12 Paul begins to bring this issue to a conclusion when he says, “ A little leaven leavens the whole lump. I have confidence in you, in the Lord that you will have no other mind; but he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is. And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased. I could wish that those who trouble you would even cut themselves off!” If we ever wondered about Paul bringing the Jesus who judges, Then Galatians chapter five puts that to rest. When he declares in verse 10 that “he who troubles you shall bear his judgment” it makes it clear that Paul just dropped the sword. He expands the scope of judgment in verse 12 with the, “I could wish that those who trouble you would even cut themselves off!…” It is obvious that Paul has no problem in confronting the leading apostles of the day. Paul’s problem with the Galatians parallels the problems we have in church today. The issue was whether or not they could stand and represent the judicial Christ when another gospel presented itself. It is obvious they did not! What would Paul say to the church today? Would he say the same thing? Can we represent the Jesus who judges? Can we bring the sword and cut off those who preach another gospel? If we cannot then we should commit to growing in this realm. It is time we got to know this Jesus!