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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Galatians 5

God wants fruity followers

Summary:
We weren't set free for slavery. If you get circumcised now, then Jesus didn't die for you. You have to follow the whole law. If Jesus died for you then faith matters, not law. You were doing so well, who stopped you? I am offensive because I deny the old law, or else I wouldn't be persecuted. Those who ask for circumcision might as well chop it all off. But you're free. Use it to love one another, not to sin.

Live by the Spirit, not the law, and you won't do sinful things which exclude you from God's Kingdom. Instead in you love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control will be grown. Everyone appreciates those.

Key verse:
22. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

My thoughts:
I'll just clarify that Paul's first point is not that circumcision excludes you from God's grace but that if you feel you need to follow the regulations of the law for salvation, then you are saved by God's grace. You have completely missed the point.

Anywho, the fruit of the Spirit are pretty famous. They're just cool things. So often we get so caught up in Church and religious fervour that we don't stop to check whether these attritubes, which are universal, are growing in us. Your fruit shows you for who you are. If you have none of these fruit, then I'm sorry, but you're not living by the Spirit. Christians often get a bad press for a whole bunch of things which are not these fruit. If we truly live by the Spirit, then we have these universal characteristics and the world will envy our character, not hate it.

On the other hand, people will always find reasons to hate us, no matter what we do wrong or right.

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