My Musings – This text requires a bit of explaining. Paul was speaking against the “Judaizers.” These were people who were attempting to burden the Gentile believers with Jewish laws and customs in addition to the free gift of grace. Paul, the same man who wrote the “love chapter” and instructed his followers (to the extent that it depended upon them) to be a peace with all people, has very strong words for anyone attempting to turn others “to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all.“
It’s as if they are saying that what Christ did on the cross was not good enough. Not of sufficient value to save us, without adding our own efforts or religious practices. Elsewhere (Galatians 5), Paul states that doing so (adding to grace) results in Christ being of no value at all. Why? Because trusting in ourselves, even if partially, means we are not really trusting in Christ at all.
My Advice – Relying on a safety net, putting “confidence in the flesh,” means that our confidence (faith) in God’s saving grace is not absolute. If it is not absolute, it is no faith at all. You do the math. Adding to grace is, in reality, subtracting from it.
Today’s musing was inspired by Pastor Kevin Rutledge’s sermon on October 27, 2019. Check it out at https://www.fbcsycamore.com/sermons. If you live in or are visiting the area, come and join us Sundays at 10:30 a.m. We’d love to be partners in the Gospel with you.