Sunday, September 03, 2017

This week's lesson (September 2-8): Freedom in Christ

Sure, Jesus is nice . . . 

But is he enough?

That's the question Paul answers in Galatians 5:1-15 -- and it's an answer we still need today.

Even today, after all, you still run into the idea that following Jesus is okay for beginners . . . 

But if you really want to get serious about following God, then there's always something else you need to do.

In Paul's day, that "something else" was circumcision.

In our day, it may be speaking in tongues. Learning to meditate. Or achieving sinless perfection.

And no, it never stops there; no matter how much you do, as a matter of fact, there's always something more that needs to be done -- something more that's said to be the real mark of the true believer.

(As in, "Yes, we're glad you're vegan -- but we've noticed you're still eating fruits and vegetables at the same meal, and . . .")

Paul calls this attitude, "slavery."

We might call it an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

But whatever you call it, the fact remains: Jesus is enough.

You can't add anything else.

No, all you can do is subtract.