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Surrendering as Christ
I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, (NIV)
Paul the Apostle starts this Third Chapter with these statements of warning.
1 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.
2 Watch out for those dogs, those men ho do evil, those mutilators of the flesh.
3 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--(NIV)
He was being continually plagued by men that were influencing these new believers from the freedom of Christianity back to the laws of Judaism.
He had hit this in the church at Galatia and rebuked them so strongly in his epistle to the Galatians.
1 You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified.
2 I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard?
3 Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?(NIV)
It was so common for false teachers who were afraid to give up their Jewish roots to let go of the law and they tried to marry faith with law.
The old with the new.
Jesus used a parable about that in the parable of the wineskins.
22 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new wineskins."(NIV)
Do we not have the same problem today?
Are there not people who are willing to give up their old traditions and religious instruction for the freedom of the Gospel?
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