Friday, September 25, 2009
Law of Christ
1 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5 For each one shall bear his own load.
Galatians 6:1-5, New King James Version
Law of Christ
What is the difference between the Law of the Old Testament and the law of Christ? I do not think this is a deep theological issue; I think Paul is showing that we can do nothing apart from the power of Christ. We cannot obey the Old Testament law perfectly, therefore we are condemned by that law. I think the message that Paul is giving here is found in verse 2.
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
In other words, if we are bearing one another's burdens, then we are fulfilling the law of Christ. Christ did not come here to bear his own burden, he came to eliminate the burdens of all who come to Him. The burden of sin which so weighs us down that we can hardly move, and which condemns us to eternal death, was bought and paid for by Christ.
The difficulties faced by the Galatian believers are the same difficulties we face today. As a matter of fact, it is so common that we hardly realize we are even sinning. It is so easy to look with disapproval upon the ungodly, especially those we see each day. But is that pleasing to the Lord? Is that what He desires from us? Even worse, we tend to look at other believers and rate them as to how Godly or ungodly they are compared to us!
For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
Rather than look at others, Paul encourages us to examine ourselves; we are to compare ourselves with Christ and not other believers or unbelievers. It is only in Christ that we grow as Christians.
Christ, the Son of God, the Creator of the World, left heaven's glory to come to this earth and suffer the most heinous, cruel death at the hands of wicked men. Why? To purchase a people for himself. Was there something special or more righteous about these people. Absolutely not! Not one of us deserved the salvation He has purchased for us.
Should we not, then, look to those around us with compassion, praying for the non-believers, and supporting and encouraging those in the household of faith?
We must look to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, and cry out to Him to help us obey the law of Christ.
God Bless You,