Posted by: AJ the Irish Lass | June 30, 2019

Being Free in Christ – For Real

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As with so much in the Bible, it’s easy to read Galatians 5:1,13-25 and conclude that Paul was talking about something far removed from our modern experiences. We might read this passage and think “Oh, well, he was talking about converts from Judaism not going back to their older beliefs” or something in a similar vein.

It’s true that the law, as summarized in the Hebrew Scriptures, was not intended to be mandatory for non-Jews. However, Paul goes on to talk about a list of behaviors that have nothing to do with observing the 613 laws, and, in fact, run counter to those commandments.

Another common take, too, is that Paul was speaking of tension between “spirit” and “flesh” as seen in Greek philosophy. However, this explanation, too, also only tells part of the story, as Bible commentators point out there are different ways of interpreting both these terms.

Looking at this passage in a modern light, I wonder if what’s really at the heart of the “slavery” Paul’s talking about here is humanity taking a cue from the worst of its desires than doing what shows a love of God and neighbor. Our world today certainly has plenty of examples as proof!

Faith, lived out and exemplified, should not be about a list of things to do. It’s about being guided into doing what’s right by the life-giving Spirit’s influence in our lives.

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