KEY SCRIPTURE: Galatians 5:6. For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
Our key scripture establishes one basic fact, that, observing the works of the law by one’s effort does not meet God’s approval, but trusting in the Lord to work through you.
Man by nature likes to do than to trust. In the garden of Eden God made man like Himself (Gen 1:26-28).They did not need to do any more things to remain that way ,but only to trust the word of God and keep pleasing God always. The bible said when the devil through the serpent told them there was something to do to become like God, they chose to stop believing God and to eat of the tree. They fell out of faith with God. . It is faith which works by love that is what matters unto God. This two virtues are most important unto God. Faith basically relates more to God whiles love relates more to God and our fellow man.
Our heavenly Father wants our actions to be motivated mostly by our faith in Him through our love for Him and for our fellow men. Faith in God is strengthened by our love for God. Faith is the force that unites us to God. Faith is God working through a man. Faith is strong in our heart when love for God is also very strong. 1st John 4:17 “Herein is our love made perfect that we may have boldness in the day of judgement…..”. Having boldness in the day of judgement is a demonstration of our faith. In the light of this if our faith should be strong then our love should be stronger.
Faith takes a hold of all that Jesus is and has done. This is what matters in our relationship to God. Human effort or human abilities cannot meet God’s requirements. Our key scripture says circumcision or non-circumcision does not matter. These things refer to what men do rather than believing God. There are a number of Christians who show outward gestures like giving long religious prayers putting up religious expression when fasting and many more. These things are done to attract people’s attention. All these are human efforts that is not based on trust in God to be justified by Him.
The Christian experience is only acceptable before God when the Spirit of God is the one acting or doing the work through us. It is faith in God that makes the Spirit to work through us.
One may preach but with a mind to attract attention to himself or herself. This is of the flesh. Some sing in churches to show how good they can sing. All these have nothing to do with faith. God is not involved with anything not of faith. Faith always seeks God’s honour not man’s.
Everything I do, I do to honour God and it is done by faith. I do nothing to attract men’s to myself. All is done to bring glory to Him.
Hebrews 11:6 ” But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”.
Hebrews 11:1 …” Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”.