Galatians 5:5-8

In Galatians 5:5-8 Paul continues to show the difference through faith and the Law.  Those who are walking in the Spirit wait for their righteousness by faith while those who are focused on the law try to earn salvation by doing good works. “For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness.” Wuest explains “The word speaks of an attitude of intense yearning and an eager waiting for something. Here it refers to the believer’s intense desire for and eager expectation of a practical righteousness which will be constantly produced in his life by the Holy Spirit as he yields himself to Him.”

Those walking in faith know that circumcision has nothing to do with salvation. What matters is accepting God’s grace through faith and living that out in our patch with love. Those who believe they can achieve righteousness by the law don’t have faith or love in most situations. “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.” So what’s the concern Paul has for this entire discussion around circumcision? He wants to be clear that the potential harm is trusting in something that is completely irrelevant. Faith is the only thing that matters.

Guzik writes “This verse tells us what does matter: faith working through love. You have faith? Wonderful; but it must be faith working through love. If your faith doesn’t work, it isn’t real faith. If it doesn’t work through love, it isn’t real faith. But your love alone isn’t enough; your love must also have faith: an abiding trust in Jesus and what He did for us.” Real faith, saving faith, will always work through love. We know that faith without works is dead. How faith is lived out is through love, which becomes how we look at the world when Jesus becomes our Savior and the Holy Spirit takes up residence within.

Paul confronts the church directly. “You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?” Paul knew that the false teachings that were causing the church to focus on legalism came from individuals, and was not based on anything from Jesus. At the root of it all, the Galatians were leaving Jesus to pursue the false and empty teachings of man. The Galatians had been doing well until someone got inside and began to teach falsehoods and lies to them Paul makes it clear that it isn’t coming from Jesus. “This persuasion is not from him who calls you.” We must have our guard up to make sure we don’t get pulled from the truth!

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