It is hardly debatable that we need Christ to redeem and save us. As royal ambassadors representing our Father, the devil can’t do anything to alter the fact that our passports have been issued by the Kingdom of God. However. The devil figures he can do something about the way we navigate life.
If we buy his temptation to rely upon the flesh, at the expense of the Spirit, and determine to circumnavigate grace via legalistic standards, in effect we declare Christ’s daily work through us as needless and irrelevant. This is what Paul—under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit—is jumping-up-and-down passionate about in Galatians.
As with any point our Father makes in His Word, the wise and logical question is: What is this saying to me?
The Bible is much more than rows of black print on white paper, wrapped up in a nice cover. Among other things, the Bible is the Word of God. It is a record of God’s intervention in history and His plan of redemption, justification, and sanctification. It is a compilation of testimonies from chosen authors writing under His inspiration to recount His work, words, and will. The Bible is real people writing the words of the Living God to us. It inspires our courage and rouses our determination to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the message placed within its pages by our Father.
The passion of Paul’s letter persists: mixing law and grace, flesh and spirit, is intolerable. Life in the Spirit, versus walking in the power of the flesh, is an either/or proposition, not a both/and.
Intensity boils from the script, and the question remains: What will I do with what this letter in Scripture is saying to me?