Already Free (Part 6) by Christina Patterson

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Already Free (Part 6)
Series: Already Free, A Study on the Book of Galatians
Christina Patterson
Galatians 2:21

In today’s study I want to get right into the text by reading Galatians 2:21 where Paul says: 

“I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” Galatians 2:21 (NIV) 

If you remember, the Galatians had been tempted to think that in order to receive salvation from God, they must partake in Jewish traditions. Paul has fervently been advocating against this false belief by using argument after argument to support the true gospel that says there is nothing we can do to be saved. We are only saved by grace through faith. 

And in doing so he reminds the Galatians that the law—the rules given to the Israelites by God through Moses—only shows us our sin, but it cannot save us from our sin. We are only saved by the grace of God. So I love that Paul says, “I do not set aside the grace of God,” because this is essentially what the Galatians are doing. This is what we do every time we think we can earn our salvation: we reject God’s grace and the work Jesus has already done on the cross. 

When my son is finished eating he always does the same thing to let us know he is finished. He pushes his plate away from him, setting it aside as a message that he no longer has need of it. When I’m cooking I set aside the ingredients that I don’t need yet, ingredients that will be of no use to me in the current moment. When it comes to finances my husband and I set aside money that we do not want to use. When you set something aside it’s because you don't need it, it's in your way, you don’t want to use it, or it's not important. There are times and reasons we need to set certain things aside, but God's grace is never one of them. 

Maybe you’ve set aside the grace of God because you feel you need to work for His love and approval. Maybe you’ve set aside the grace of God because you feel like your sin is just too much. You are in the pits of sin, and you think that not even God’s grace can pull you out of this one. Maybe you know that God is powerful, and a healer, and deliverer, and can do anything, but you’ve set aside the grace of God because you don’t trust that He will do it for you. Despite our feelings, our fears, and how great our sin may be, the Word of God tells us to not set aside the grace of God.&nb ...

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