It Is Impossible
Read Galatians Chapter 5
Gal 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. 2 Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. 3 Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. 4 You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. 5 But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
The message is clear. We cannot be justified by keeping the law. It is impossible to keep every point, jot, and tittle of the law. Somewhere along the way, usually many times each day, we break some point in the law. “So what’s the use? If we can’t keep the whole law, why try to keep any of it? It is a useless endeavor.”
No, it’s not a useless endeavor. Paul’s admonition in this passage is not meant for us to recognize the hopelessness of our attempts to follow God’s laws. His emphasis is not meant to make us abandon our quest for purity or sinlessness. His instructions are meant to give us cause to consider WHY we attempt to keep the law. If a man is striving for holiness by keeping the law, his efforts are futile. Man cannot work his way into righteousness, into God’s good graces and favor, by obedience. His only hope is faith in Jesus and His accomplishment on the cross.
The question then arises, why do we continue to strive for purity? Here are some thoughts.
- We are to strive for purity out of love and thanksgiving for what Christ has done for us (John 14:15).
- We are commanded to strive for purity (1 Peter 1:15-16).
- If we willfully sin, we become enslaved to it (Romans 6:15).
- The world will falsely believe that it is okay to sin if we are engaged in it They will believe they have no need for Christ’s righteousness (Galatians 2:14).
- The bible shows that there is a distinct difference between how the world lives and how Christians live. The Holy Spirit doesn’t allow us to live like the world (Galatians 5:19)
- It simply is not the nature and character of Christ-followers to willfully continue in sin (Galatians 5:24).
Gal 5:13 You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.
Our obedience is not intended to gain us right-standing with our Lord. But there are many other reasons for us to desire to follow God’s laws to the best of our ability. Our heart’s desire to listen to and heed His commands is the result of our faith, not a substitute for faith. Therefore, we SSA men and women must continue to strive for sexual purity. It is not an option.
Prayer: Oh Lord, You know that I tried to do this for a long time. It just didn’t work. Thank You that we do not have to be sinless to be righteous in Your sight. Thank You for the righteousness of Christ, imparted to us through grace, not by our actions.