My old self has been crucified with Jesus and in Him I have shared His crucifixion. It is no longer I who live, but JESUS lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by faith by trusting in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me. I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless and defeat its very purpose. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Jesus to die. His death was then wholly in vain.This letter to the Galatians was written while Paul was staying in Corinth to the Christians in Galatia which is in modern day Western Turkey. They began to become very legalistic in their worship and were much more concerned with keeping the LETTER of the Law of God rather than the SPIRIT of the Law of God.This is more like today when you see people trying to be good enough to “buy” their way into heaven.The fact of the matter is this, if all it took was following the rules God had set down for man, then there would have been no need for Jesus to die.But man could NEVER follow all the rules.We become enslaved to rules, enslaved to sin, enslaved to the past, enslaved to doing good works.If all it took to get to heaven was being a good person, Jesus would never have had to die.
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