Paul continues to confront Peter about the sin of building the law back up as the way to live once we have faith in Christ.
Thankfully, we get the chance to listen into this awkward conversation. Because the more we are in church…the easier it is to live in the law.
How are we to live now?
1. To build rules is sin.
“For if I rebuild what I tore down, I prove myself to be a transgressor.” Galatians 2:18.
The interesting thing is that we build rules to keep us from sinning, but the very act of building up the wall we (and really Jesus) tore down is sinning. This is what Peter did. “I’ll stay away from these people in case they lead me to sin.”
And Paul called him out on it.
Our life now isn’t lived by rules…
2. We live by faith in Christ.
We have to let this soak in. I have to let this soak in. Because we have all these, “Well, but what about…”
First, faith in Christ isn’t, “I’ll pray a prayer and get to heaven.” It is, “I messed up my life. Jesus died to rescue and cleanse me. He is everything. So I will follow him step by step.”
Now, that is all I and you need. If I have sin in my life (which I do), then Jesus, as I follow him will lead me away from sin and into righteousness.
Oh, and it is never fast enough. We want the perfection of heaven now. But now is a “sanctification” process…meaning he is making us holy, perfect, righteous.
And it is a struggle. We fight to remain tied to Christ. And when we don’t, it isn’t all over (aren’t we glad!) because a very real part of faith is repentance.
All of this is the “grace of God” that Paul speaks of. The abundance of his righteousness is given to us in our righteous bankrupcy.
Live by faith in Christ like your life depends on it.
Because it does!
Losing My Religion is a sermon series about being free from religious superiority. Read along with us in Galatians and Matthew 23 with our Reading Plan. Today’s reading is from Galatians 2:17-21.