June 21st, 2018
Pay Attention to This Truth filled Tongue Twister
Galatians 4:12 (KJB) Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am; for I am as ye are: ye have not injured me at all.
Paul is revealing this important truth of God to an audience of Jewish people who grew and matured in the same strict religious teachings Paul was faced with growing up from a boy to a man on this earth.
Not only is this truth waged towards Jewish believers, but Paul is imploring us, each and every person, to be a believer in God as he now is. He is appealing to each of us to bask in the liberty found in God rather than to remain tied up in serving unmeetable laws in our own merit divine established by God.
God’s law was meant for showing mankind his sin and need for God. Not for a man to attempt to meet these strict requirements on his own.
You see, it was not only ancient Jewish believer’s that Paul can reach with this verse, this truth is applicable for any person today who is attempting to keep the law of God and live as a “good” and “moral” person, rather than choosing to rest inside the goodness and grace of God knowing he or she can never be good enough on his own to merit the graces and mercy of God at work in his or her life.
Paul knows first hand how it is to be bound inside the confines of the law rather than serving in the freedom found in a personal relationship with God. He grew up a strict Jew and strived to keep their strong traditions and laws rather than resting in unmerited favor of the grace and mercy of God. God got Paul’s undivided attention on the road to Damascus and now Paul is trying to get your attention upon truths of God rather than repeatedly attempting to meet and exceed God’s law which is impossible.
Paul is telling us in this spiritual tongue twister to STOP trying to please God in your own power and strength! It is impossible for any man can keep the laws of God in his own efforts. God has revealed that no man can keep His law but can find true freedom and grace God divinely provides for every man which is available through faith in His Son’s finished work upon Calvary.