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(Not) Following All The Rules

I was a “latchkey” child. I carried a house key and let myself in after school. Because of this, my parents implemented after-school rules crucial for my safety. When my parents arrived home, the rules no longer applied because they were there to protect and care for me.

Paul, author of Galatians, established the church in Galatia for all believers, Jews and Gentiles alike. Because the Jews continued to hold fast to tradition, over time, their traditions overshadowed God’s grace. They demanded the Gentiles follow the laws of Moses.

Paul reminded them that God’s grace was a promise given to Abraham. The laws of Moses were given for the protection of the people until the arrival of their Savior, just as the rules my parents put in place were meant to protect me until they got home.

Paul firmly conveys that we have received salvation through faith that Jesus Christ died upon the cross for our sins so that we may be set free. “So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian” (Galatians 3:24-25).

My parents loved me even though I occasionally broke the rules. They loved me because I was their child and they would do anything to assure my well-being. No one was able to completely follow the laws of Moses, and for this reason we are not saved by the law or by our good works, but only by the love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Reflect:

  • What rules do you need to stop trying to follow and instead rely on God’s grace?

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