WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1
Scripture: Galatians 3:1,2
Galatians 3:1,2 states, “O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?” Galatians is quite an interesting book because it has so many parallels with what we are seeing in the church today. Just as the Galatian church was under assault from the legalistic Judah-izers, we find the church today inundated with ‘extreme grace’! ‘Extreme grace’ says there is no more judgment – that it all fell on Jesus. While there is spiritual truth to the fact that Jesus took our judgment and that we are free in Him, we still see that the Ten Commandments are used as God’s judicial code in chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation. The ascended, seated Christ is still the Judge of all the Earth and He is certainly Judge in the church. In Revelation 2 and 3, Jesus is judging the church. Now, just like the Galatians were under assault by the Judah-izers, the church today is under assault by those who claim grace frees us from moral responsibility. The fruit of ‘extreme grace’ is beginning to be seen everywhere to the point that the fear of God is nearly nonexistent in many churches. I believe if Paul were to walk into many of our churches today, he would say, “Oh foolish Americans!” To ensure we would not hear that, let us make sure we pursue the whole council of God’s Word and not just the part that sounds good.