Faith Working through Love

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Galatians 4:21-5:6

More from Paul today on the law and having faith in Christ. Now there are a number of points to consider and look at here in Galatians 4:21-5:6, but it was the point Paul made in the very last verse that really jumped off the page at me. "For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision or uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love" (Gal. 5:6).

So what does faith working through love mean to you? Based on the verses in Galatians 5, what is it we should be striving for? Tami W.

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Faith working through love is a much more "dangerous" way to live than living with and/or under the law. When we attempt to live under the law the boundaries are clear and it is easy to define the risks and rewards. Living by faith and grace is life in a way that is much less defined, though much more rewarding. Living by faith and grace is living like Jesus lived. It is the only way to truly make a difference, but it is also "dangerous".

God is love. Our faith working through God's love produces good works. It's only these God inspired, God enabled, God orchestrated works that count for anything in the heavenly realm. They will be rewarded by crowns that we offer up to King Jesus in an unimaginable moment of joyous worship.
As for your second question, I immediately began to think of Paul's letter about living by the Spirit, and not knowing exactly where that was, I really shouldn't be surprised to find that it is exactly 10 verses later right there in Galatians 5.

To me , faith working thru love means placing my faith in God/Jesus and living the way Jesus did , showing my love for him. 2nd, we should be striving for a closer walk with God/Jesus and try to stay away from false teachings.

Under the old covenant the law was a guide to prevent gods chosen people from sinning and offending Jehovah. Jesus brought with his sacrificial death a new covenant which he himself mediated, because he sacrificed himself on our behalf we have come into a relationship of grace and no longer have to live according to the demands of the old covenant. Though Christ said "I did not come to abolish the law but to fufill it". The law of love once kept will fulfill the holy standard of God and should produce good works in the life of the believer. It is important to remember to educate the believer in godly wisdom so that he or she may experience abundant life and empowered living found in god's word and in the fellowship of believers. We should be striving for the abundant life which Christ promised to us and to become educated in sound doctrine because that is the only way to bear fruit.

HI TAMI

I HAVE A QUESTION THAT DOES NOT RELATE TO TODAY'S BLOG BUT INSTEAD TO DR. KROLL'S TEACHING CONCERNING LOT. I TRUST THAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO CLARIFY FOR ME.

I AM OF THE IMPRESSION THAT LOT HAD ONLY TWO DAUGHTERS WHOM HE OFFERED UP TO THE SODOMITES AS UNTOUCHED BY ANY MAN IN ORDER TO SAVE THE TWO ANGELS. WAS LOT LYING ABOUT HIS DAUGHTERS' VIRGINITY?. IT SUBSEQUENTLY TURNED OUT THAT WHEN THE ANGELS TRIED TO GET LOT TO LEAVE HE WENT IN SEARCH OF HIS SONS-IN-LAW (HUSBANDS OF HIS DAUGHTERS).

IF LOT WAS NOT LYING THEN OBVIOUSLY THE HUSBANDS WERE HOMOSEXUALS AND HAD NOT CONSUMATED THE MARRIAGES.

YOUR COMMENTS PLEASE.

REGARDS IN CHRIST

CECIL

Cecil,

Tami asked me to comment on your question.

Lot's daughters were virgins who were apparently betrothed to the men they were to marry. A betrothal usually lasted for one year. During that year the couple were known as husband and wife, although they did not have the right to be united sexually. Mary and Joseph's relationship is an important instance of betrothal (Matthew 1:18-19).

Genesis 19:14 NASB correctly translates: "Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were to marry his daughters, and said, 'Up, get out of this place....'"

Hope this helps.

Ray, Biblical Correspondent at Back to the Bible

Regarding Cecil's question. I been checking this page because I think the question is interesting and am happy to see somebody has answered it. Thanks.

Cecil thanks for asking that question. I had the same question. P4 thanks for the answer.

RAY

THANKS FOR THE PROMPT RESPONSE. THANKS ALSO TO DOUG AND CHERYLR. I LOVE YOU GUYS AND I PRAY AND HOPE THAT BTTB AND THE P4 MINISTRIES WILL GROW BY LEAPS AND BOUNDS. JESUS THE CHRIST IS GETTING READY TO RETURN AND I WOULD NOT WISH THE JUDGMENT OF REVELATION ON ANYONE.

REGARDS IN CHRIST

CECIL

I am really happy for P4 I have learnt so much. God's continued blessing on this ministry. Thanks
Carol R

It says that if you abide by the rules or not, it doesn't matter.The thing that matters is the faith that works through love.It is also said in the bible that "If I have a faith that can move the mountains but do not have love, I am nothing".The real lies in love.

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