Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, that is how you must stand firm in the Lord, my beloved.
Paul, The Apostle of Grace
In Philippians 4:1, Paul completes his exhortation to the Philippian believers, concerning righteousness by faith alone in Jesus alone and living with perspective, purpose,and purity, telling them “that is how you must stand firm in the Lord.”
There was so much “fake news” being communicated in the churches of Paul’s time concerning how a person becomes righteous before God that Paul wrote to churches explaining to them the truth of how to become righteous before God, which, as Paul taught, comes by grace through faith in Jesus.
The most common attack made against teachers of the gospel of grace is that we are lawless, meaning against the Ten Commandments.
It is an attack that has been made against me since 1991 (26 years).
This attack is nothing new.
It is the same attack made against Paul when he proclaimed the good news of God’s grace.
Like Paul, we do teach that we are not under Law, but under grace (Romans 6:14).
But we do not teach, as we are and Paul in his time was accused, that since we are not under Law then people are free to sin as much as they want.
You're probably wondering,What is a religious magician?A religious magician is a so-called Bible teacher or preacher who, with slight of tongue and misuse of Scripture, cleverly makes the finished work of Jesus on the cross disappear and makes the religious works of man appear, causing people to lose the joy of grace and return to the misery of guilt. Beware of these religious magicians disguising themselves as "Bible teachers"!
These types of religious magicians, these "Bible teachers" are nothing new.
Immediately after teaching a class on grace, John, with joy in his heart and a smile on his face, came up to me and exclaimed, "All I had to do was nothing...just believe and receive!"
Like many of us, John was very aware of the sin in his heart and life. With Godly sorrow, he had admitted his sin to God and others. And, like many of us, after admitting his sin, he set out to earn God's love, forgiveness, and acceptance. For years, John had been trying to earn God's love, forgiveness, and acceptance through religious practices and good behavior.
Ihave been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.
Galatians 2:20 is one of the most loved verses of many people...and rightfully so!
Yet, even though it is one of the most loved verses of many, many do not understand its context.
Therefore, they cannot fully appreciate its meaning and experience its transforming power.
It is my goal in this article to shine light on the context of Galatians 2:20 so people can more fully appreciate its meaning and experience its transforming power.