Second Lesson

Galatians 6:12 (The Passion Translation) All those who insist that you be circumcised must do anything are recruiting you so they can boast in their own works. They are attempting to avoid the persecution that comes with preaching the liberating message of the cross of Messiah!

Paul is speaking to a particular people who insisted on circumcision. They were called Judaizers. The principle of insisting on anything as a qualification for eternal salvation is wrong. The liberating message of the cross is all that is required.

Question anyone who tells you that you must do anything to keep your salvation. Where is their scriptural support for insistence? Is their practice universal or particular to a denomination? I do not want to fill a new believer’s head full of concerns about their relationships in fellowship. I would caution anyone, old or new, in the practice of insistence.

We all must be patient and wait on the Lord. Growth in the Lord comes at different rates. You cannot expect others to “keep up” nor should you fell less saved because others “get it” while you still struggle. Change from being worldly to being spiritual can be a joyous journey if you are not burdened with unnecessary demands. Encouragement should not sound like a demand. Don’t insist.

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Gifts do not come with demands. This gift of grace is given in love and to feel the love and receive it into your heart is that first sign of your eternal salvation. How you deal with that, how it changes you and what to do with it is a life lived.

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