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The Law of Christ

Paul’s letter to the Galatians writes about confirmation through faith. He writes that the way of the Spirit is through works, what we do and say, not the law as the Judaizers had preached. Paul tries to explain that it is the choice between freedom, the works of the Spirit, and slavery, the work of the Law.

The Importance of Law

The Laws were and are important, they help to keep sin under control but living in God’s Spirit transforms us from being slaves into Spirit-people. Jesus’ life was a mirror of God’s love. He lived the Greatest Commandment, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Mt 22:37-39).

New Testament

Jesus’ second command is "You shall love your neighbor as yourself” helps us to do this. People who live by God’s Spirit use his power in their actions toward other people. Paul tells the Galatians that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. When a person gets caught up in wrong doing other Christians should not look away but gently and with humility help the other to get past their sin.

Old Testament

The Judaizers were ethnic and gentile Jews who continued to strictly follow Jewish customs after Jesus had brought about a new covenant. They often judged those who did not follow the Mosaic Law. Up to the time of Jesus, Israel’s covenant with God was based on following the Law. However, God told Israel that he would bring Israel a new covenant.

Homework

When Jesus’ earthly ministry had been completed, he sent his disciples to preach the gospel to all nations, beginning with Israel and ending with us.