Love in the Word Church

Galatians 3:10-22

There is a reason why Saul of Tarsus (Paul) was pre-ordained by God to become the Apostle to the Gentiles. In order to create unity among Jew vs Gentile to believer vs nonbeliever, the mediator would HAVE to be particularly well versed in both sides of the spectrum. Notice Saul is a student of the famous Gamaliel who is still revered by the Jews today some 2000 years later. You need only analyze Paul’s apologetics (reasoning argument) to conclude this quite obvious point. The Judaizers demanded the Law of Moses be applied to the Gentile converts in order to establish unity. So the Judiazers clearly did not understand Jesus elevation from the Law to the Gospel. This transition had to be hard for anyone who was well acquainted with the Law. So this dictates that it would take someone who also understood both the Law and the Gospel to reconcile these differences. This point reveals Satan in the Church. The Judaizers refused to relent even after the authority of the Church ruled that it was not necessary for the Gentiles converts to become Judaizers! This is why Jesus Himself in Revelations 2 and 3 calls them the synagogue of Satan. He was not talking about the Jews who were nonBelievers, he was talking about those Jewish converts who said that they had faith in Jesus but refused to honor the authority of His Church! In Revelations Jesus says they must repent or lose eternal life with Him. Once again we see proof positive that we can lose our salvation after our confession of faith because works are an integral part of salvation THROUGH works (service). Again Once saved Always saved meaning that one cannot lose salvation after confessing faith in Jesus is NOT biblical. Paul clearly shows why the Law was fulfilled by the Good News by Jesus. The promise to Abraham by God preceded the Law by 430 years and Abraham lived by faith. The Law was given only because Satan was allowed the authority to test humanity so the world was a slave to sin. The Law showed that humanity deserved death (to be out of the presence of God) for humanity is an enemy to God. The spirit must subdue the flesh and this can ONLY be accomplished through faith in Jesus. This is why Jesus in John says, “ I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”. Read Paul’s apologetics here in Galatians and you will see what force Satan used WITHIN the Church to try to destroy it! This logic can be aptly applied to many divisive attitudes in the Church today. Remember equality does not dictate sameness but unity among diversity and also includes the case of sameness when it does exist. Therefore sameness among unity is merely a minute subset of the eternal concept of unity. Amen.