“And even those teachers who submit to circumcision don’t try to keep the other Jewish laws; but they want you to be circumcised in order that they can boast that you are their disciples. As for me, God forbid that I should boast about anything except the cross of our lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in all the attractive things of the world was killed long ago, and the world’s interest in me also long dead.” (Gal 6:13-14 TLB)
READ: Romans 7:4; Galatians 6:12-14
The Bible, to me, is not a religious book. It is my emancipation proclamation. When the slaves in America were set free from their slavery, there was an emancipation proclamation declaring their freedom. However, many slaves did not know. Even amongst those who knew, they did not act on their freedom because they had submitted to the spirit of slavery. The truth was that they had been set free, irrespective of the fact of their using or not using their freedom. Even so us, when Christ died on the cross, he procured our eternal freedom. In this sense, the gospel is our emancipation proclamation.
This signpost on the right road to heaven shows us what it means that we died with Christ with respect to the diverse Jewish laws and the diverse lusts of the world system.
The truth is that we are not legalists, neither are we a lascivious people. We are the beloved children of our dear heavenly Father who live by divine love. He has set us free to have one desire-Himself. We are powered by divine love in all we do and say. We are the love children of our dear heavenly Father who is the God whose name is Love. Our lives must not be ruled anymore by selfishness and pride, which are the tribal marks of that old life that Christ terminated on the cross.
Dear heavenly father, help my heart to live free of the selfishness and pride that characterize the life of those who have not known You in Jesus name. Amen.