1 It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. 2 Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no benefit to you. 3 And I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law. 4 You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace (Galatians 5).
When we do not “stand firm” in grace, we “fall from” it, “severing” ourselves from the “freedom” Christ offers through it, by becoming “subject again to a yoke of slavery” under the Law. The point is, we are either depending on ourselves to keep the Law, or we are depending on Christ, who kept it perfectly and died for us because we did not keep it—nor could we ever keep it.
There is the great choice all of us must make. We cannot “seek to be justified” by both Law (good works) and grace—it is one or the other, period. Those who pursue justification by works will always fail, while those who seek justification through grace will always find it. Likewise, the Law always brings “slavery,” while grace always brings “freedom.”
Lord, thank You again for Your grace! Help us This Day to make the right choice by standing firm in it. Amen.