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Evil, Religious Mutilators of Grace: Watch Out For Them!

"Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you. Watch out for those dogs, those workers of evil, those mutilators of the flesh! For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh.”
Philippians 3:1-3

In Philippians 3, Paul writes to the Philippian believers for the purpose of protecting them [safeguard] from the evil religious leaders of his day who were mutilating grace.

Trying To Obey The Ten Commandments Displeases God

Those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh; but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. The mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind of the flesh is hostile to God: It does not submit to God’s Law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the flesh cannot please God.
Romans 8:5-8


What does it mean to live according to the flesh (the mind of the flesh) and what does it mean to live according to the Spirit (the mind of the Spirit)?

Don't Be Misled By The "All In" Sermon Series

A popular sermon series by many pastors is entitled "All In".

This series comes from the Great Commandment verses in the Bible taken completely out of context and is intended to motivate believers to be "all in" for God, to move them from being "a spectator to a participator" in the church.
 
If believers are not careful, they will be misled by this series, trying to be "all in" for God, when God is not asking them to be "all in" for him.
 

Galatians #5: Perverting The Gospel (1:7)

Religious leaders, claiming to know and understand how a person becomes righteous (forgiven, clean, pure, and accepted by God), infiltrated the Galatian churches to undo what Paul taught about how a person becomes righteous.

They taught righteousness was through faith in Jesus plus following the days, diets, duties, and demands of the law of Moses (a moral and religious system).

Paul taught righteousness was by grace (what Jesus did for us in dying for our sins) through faith in Jesus, apart from any works.

Galatians #4: No Gospel At All (1:6-7)

Paul established churches in Galatia based upon grace - everything God has done to make us righteous through Jesus, leaving us nothing to do but to place our faith in Jesus alone for righteousness.

The Galatian people, after hearing the good news from Paul that righteousness (innocent of sin) comes by faith in Jesus and not by the law, quickly deserted the good news of grace and turned to a completely different gospel, or message about how a person becomes righteous.

The false gospel they were turning to was a gospel of works based upon obedience to the law of Moses (a moral and religious system).

Galatians #1: Overview

Galatians is the second letter written in the New Testament (AD 49).

The letter to the Galatians was written by Paul after he established several grace-based churches in the region of Galatia (modern day Turkey).

These churches were established in the cities of Pisidian Antioch, Iconium, Lystra, and Derbe (Acts 13:13-14:1-20).

Paul’s message in these cities was that a right standing before God (forgiveness and righteousness) came by grace through faith in Jesus alone and not by following the days, diets, duties, and demands of the law of Moses (Acts 13:38-39).

The Spirit Wants To Give You The Revelation of Grace

The Spirit of God desires to reveal to you what God has prepared for those who love him.

About this revelation, 1 Corinthians 2:9 says:

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no heart has imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him.”

The revelation that God through his Spirit wants to give you is not something conceived in the mind or heart of a person...no person could dream, invent, develop, create, or design what God has prepared for you.

What God has prepared is beyond the heart and mind of mankind.

How Is That Grace?

The Jewish people of Jesus time knew from the OT Scriptures that righteousness was required to enter the Kingdom of God.

Jesus said the righteousness required was the very righteousness of God...his perfect righteousness (Matthew 5:48)

Part of the perfect righteous character of God was his gracious, compassionate heart...a heart of unconditional love, unmerited kindness, and unearned blessings.

The Hebrew word for gracious in the OT ischannun.

It is used 13 times in the OT to desribe the gracious, compassionate and kind heart of God.

We Can't Live By Faith And Live By The Law...It's One Or The Other

The law is the righteous requirements given to the nation of Israel to keep them seperate from the Gentile nations for the purpose of being a light of God's love to the Gentile nations. The law was the standard of righteousness.

This would include the Ten Commandments and the two great commandments to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love others as you love yourself. It would also include everything else in Exodus 19-Deuteronomy.

The Gentiles were never under the law.

The Grace Exchange

In the Bible, Jesus is called the Righteous One (Isaiah 53:11, Acts 13:14, 7:52, 22:14, 1 John 2:1).

This means Jesus was completely pure, clean, loving, holy...without a sinful thought, desire, or deed.

Everyone else is unrighteous (Romans 3:10).

Isaiah 53:11 revealed the Righteous One would come and make the unrighteous righteous by bearing their sinfulness and giving them his righteousness.

This is the Grace Exchange.

The Grace Exchange is when Jesus exchanged his righteousness for our sinfulness.
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