Raw Deal | Galatians 5:1-4
Christ has set you FREE! So take up that banner of freedom in Christ and take your stand. Don’t. Give. An. Inch. And don’t let anyone con you out of that banner of freedom for a yoke of slavery.
Attention, everyone! (loud whistling sound) I, Paul, tell you flat out that if you go through with this religious operation, this circumcision, it’s more than your foreskin that you’ll be missing. Any prospects, any benefits, any advantages you did have in Christ will be lopped clean off, it will all be zeroed out. That’s not plain enough? Then let me take the stand, and raising my right hand I swear, again, to every man Jack of you who let’s himself go under the circumciser’s knife, that not only have your profits in Christ vanished, you’re now in hawk up to your eyeballs, in debt, spiritually liquidated and now under complete obligation to kow-tow to the entire system of religious law. Didn’t read that fine print did you? You are rendered null and void, zeroed from Christ, zeroed from all he is and offers – whoever of you signs on that dotted line of religious conformity. It’s a second fall of man. A fall from grace. Galatians 5:1-4 | MAV
The religious exchange: a banner of freedom for a yoke of slavery; a full Jesus portfolio and prospects for spiritual bankruptcy and dependency upon human dictates. It’s a bad deal. Losing one’s foreskin to the religious knife (literally or metaphorically) cuts off a whole lot more than a pound of flesh. But it seems such a good, sound investment. The religious brokers are dressed so professionally. They are so confident. They seem so concerned. Their pitch is so polished. And look at all of that scripture on the contract! It’s all so biblical. They offer such certainty, such assurance. And they promise me I will be part of an exclusive circle of elect investors – unlike all the losers and wannabes out there who don’t have the good sense to sign. But the fine print on the deal is deadly – fine print like a washed out watermark on their parchment, fine print that can be read in the lines on their faces. Fine print in all caps: “Abandon hope, ye who sign here.” In Hebrew it would read רָע עִנְיַן “Enyan rah.” Bad business (see Ecclesiastes 1:13). A raw deal. A fall from grace.
Where in your life are you being tempted right now to accept the raw deal of religion?
Lord, rescue me from religious brokers who would broker away my soul, my freedom, my Life in you. Make me tenacious for freedom in Christ, tenacious for grace received and freely given.
The whole text this week is Galatians 5:1-15. Read it daily in it’s entirety from a few different translations if possible.
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