As we wrap up our series in Galatians and look at Paul’s passionate final plea to the churches we see once again the stunning freedom of the gospel. Gospel faith is not about trying to get close to God be keeping the requirements of the Law, but about trusting in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But just as we have seen that it is vital that gospel preachers stay true to this one gospel, we need to realise that every one of us is a gospel preacher… to an audience of one… Pastor Joe summarises Galatians by calling us to preach the true gospel to ourselves!
See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For even those who are circumcised do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.
From now on let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.