Big Hill Bible Studies.
16 May 2018
As we read through chapter 2, we see Paul living according to the standard of his belief. He followed the direction of God (seen in the revelation he mentions in verse 2). He refuses to promote himself and use the influential position of others to his benefit. He avoids the temptation to fall prey to the false teachers. He even went as far as to stand on the beliefs he possessed to stand against some of the most influential men in the church when he believed them to be in the wrong.
The thing I want you to pay particular attention to is in the fact Paul describes his past life. Living by the law that he believed was his religion and his mission as its servant was in fact detrimental to his salvation. In verses 19 & 20 he states, "For through the Law I died to the Law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me." He realized his obedience to the Lord was not found in the works of the law but in the grace of God. He could not be justified by works, but by his faith in Jesus Christ. His death to the old life and his identification in the crucifixion of Christ frees him from the guilt of his old sin, allowing him a new beginning through the grace of Christ.
He closes this chapter in verse 21, "I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died needlessly." Here is what I want you to think about today. How firmly do you believe in the grace of God? Do you live as though you are able to obtain salvation only though living a sinless life in accordance with the law? If that is the case there would have been no need for Christ to take on human form and go to the cross as our atonement for our sins. Do you believe this strongly enough to go through all Paul describes in chapter two in the same way he did?