You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. (Gal. 5:4 NKJ)
What comes to your mind when you hear the words “fallen from grace?” First, its usage in the text above does not mean committing sin or losing our salvation.
Grace is a platform upon which the believer stands by faith in Christ. When we believe in Jesus as our Savior, we receive salvation as a gift of God. We stand completely justified before God, guiltless and righteous. We did nothing to earn this status. This is clearly illustrated in Romans 5:2 which says, “through whom (Jesus) also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
We stand on the platform of grace by believing in Christ (faith.) When those who are standing on this platform of grace start trying to do some religious act to earn their way with God, those acts are works and they fall off of the platform of grace.
This is what happened to the Galatian Christians. They believed in Jesus and were saved. However, some Jewish teachers came later and told them that they had to be circumcised according to the Jewish laws in order to be justified. In other words, faith was not enough. They had to do something to be justified. They were falling off the platform of grace by trying to be acceptable through their works (self effort.)
The stumbling block for the Galatians was their belief in their need for circumcision. To us today, it might be a Jewish festival, our financial seeds, or our ability to work for God. When we give our tithes, for example, with the INTENT to earn God’s blessings, we are not different from what the Galatians did.
Christ is all you need. Stand on grace by faith and do not fall off by your own self-efforts. By trying to earn salvation through your own works.
Do you think believers are still being tempted by Old Testament laws or practices today, as the Galatians were?
APPLY THE WORD
Beware of trying to work for what Jesus already paid for.
Ask the Lord to keep you from falling into self-effort in your Christian life.
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