Daily Devotion on Galatians 5:1-6

Text: Galatians 5:1-6

Don’t you just hate the opinio legis?

Opinio Legis is a title for that part of each of us that wants to have some part in our salvation. The part that wants to earn heaven in some small way. Jesus offers us salvation free and clear, no strings attached. Since Jesus left this earth humans have been saying, “Yeah, salvation is free, but you have to do ­­____ (fill in the blank) to make it mean something to you.”

When Paul wrote Galatians these people were saying, “Yeah salvation is free, but you have to be circumcised to make it mean something to you.”

When Martin Luther started the Reformation the Roman Catholics were saying, “Yeah salvation is free, but you have to do penance, buy indulgences, go to confession… to make it mean something to you.”

Today many churches are saying, “Yeah salvation is free, but you have to accept God into your life to make it mean something to you.”

Paul says to all of these false teachers, “Mark my words! If you let yourselves be circumcised (do penance, believe you have to make a declaration to God), Christ will be of no value to you at all.” The Bible is very clear, either Jesus did it all or we are still dead in our sins. Either we are saved by Christ or we have to keep the whole law of God all day every day.

Jesus offers forgiveness free and clear, no strings attached. “Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slaver (to circumcision, to penance, to making a choice, to the law).” We are free in Christ, the only thing that matters is faith expressing itself through love.

Prayer: Heavenly Father forgive us when we are tempted to doubt the all sufficiency of Christ’s sacrifice for us. Give us the strength to live our lives in the joyful freedom that comes with our forgiveness. Embolden us to express our faith in you through our every act. Help us to live our lives in love, love for you and love for others. Amen.

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About vicarhoff

I am thrilled and honored to be serving as vicar/intern at Christ the King Lutheran Church and School for a whole year!

Posted on October 27, 2011, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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