Finance There Comes a Moment When We Have to Place Our Life, Future, and Ministry, Into the Hands of God

In Galatians Chapter 2, Paul has been pleading with the Apostle Simon Peter – and more than that – confronting Peter – “Peter, don’t slip back into legalism”.Think of what is at stake – the Gospel of Jesus Christ – our freedom in Christ.We are saved – rescued – forgiven – shown mercy and love – we receive peace from God – and we do not have to do anything to merit all that. It is a GIFT from GOD – yes, a very costly gift.Let me define Legalism.Legalism is an attempt to achieve righteousness with God by keeping a set of rules. Legalism is adding requirement for righteousness to what God has already declared in His Word.Paul virtually says in his writing, “I have died to all that, and if anyone was immersed in legalism – if anyone tried to keep the law – it was I – it was me!”

I tried to keep the law harder than anyone else – and discovered I couldn’t.But, I also discovered that what I could not do, Jesus Christ, our Passover Lamb, and our Saviour, has done it all for us, and He says – Come unto ME and I will give you rest – mercy – salvation – freedom – and it will be ‘just if I’d’ never sinned.”This is an amazing letter.It has been such a rewarding blessing to me over these past weeks and months to read and study and research the profound writing of my hero, Saul of Tarsus, now called Paul.That is what is at stake here.The truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is what was at stake at this time all across the Middle East as false teachers crept in.And, this is what is at stake in many places today that bear the Name of Jesus Christ.In verse 19, Paul is saying, I have died to the law with all its rules and rituals and regulations.I tried to keep them all – and failed. It was when I really tried to be good that I discovered how bad I really was!What Paul is saying to us is really this – “You don’t know how bad you are until you try to be good!”Have ever found that? You tried to be good. You were determined to improve.You made up your mind to be and become better – and you discovered you failed drastically!And when I went into the water – having met Jesus Christ – and was baptised – all that was buried. I was buried and rose again – a new creation. All that died. And it has to die.

That was a central and vital part of Paul’s testimony. Is it part of your testimony? Have you been in the water? Have you been baptised?In verse 20, Paul reassures us as he teaches that the life I now live in the body, I live by faith – by obedience to the Son of God – which is perfect freedom!Paul was delivered from the LAW, and he was delivered from SELF!It was this which afforded to my hero, Paul, such confidence.Yes, he had that anointing power of the Holy Spirit. We read of that in Acts Chapter 9, but his old life was drowned, and killed off, in the waters of baptism and he arose a new creation – a new creature in Christ.