Scripture Reading: Galatians 3
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
Empty philosophy mixed in with Christianity reverts to use of elements of creation. Vain deceit—speculation and imagination not facts and substance. It’s about human tradition rather than Christ. Their philosophy is not from Christ therefore never leads to Christ. We have Christ so we are full, we don’t need other philosophy. Putting on Christ is putting off all flesh, not just a part like in circumcision.
Colossians 2:12-15--1) Christ removes legal demands of the Law
Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
Blotting out—wiping away, removing or cancelling the law’s indictment against sinners. Against us—law was our adversary, contrary to us, in opposition to us. When Christ, the Lawgiver, was nailed to the cross, the law was nailed with Him. Christ is the embodiment of God’s Word.
Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
Since it’s all about Christ now, not external observations, don’t let those things be a source of judgment and division. These Jewish rites were pointing to Christ, don’t stick with those things when you can have Christ. Proud people who rejoice in human accomplishment distract you to do physical things, which removes spiritual reward for spiritual work. If you don’t hold Christ alone, you don’t hold Christ at all.
2) Christ removes curse of the Law.
Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
The promise to Abraham was the Gospel in shadow. You are saved by the Gospel the same way Abraham was—by faith, not by works of the law.
For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
Continue—keeping law wasn’t about doing a few of them, but a continual, uninterrupted, and perpetual obedience. Believing in the law won’t do it; doing it is what the Law demands, and no one can.
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Jesus died the accursed death. Quote from Deuteronomy 21:23. Salvation was always by faith, not by keeping rules. Abraham’s promise is realized in us. The Law was our tutor and governor to get us to Christ. Now we have Christ, don’t go back to law, curse, and death.
--Christ removes the Law, which leaves us with Faith, which is all Abraham had too--The Gospel!