Monday, December 27, 2010

Faith and Love

Galatians 5:6 KJV
For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

Circumcision in the passage is, as I understand it, representative of man's efforts toward earning righteousness by the Law. The Word of God says that when we are in Christ such efforts avail nothing. They are ineffective as a means of earning righteousness before the Lord.

What is effective is faith; and this text says faith works by love.
• The love of God in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.
• Not that we loved God but that He first loved us and gave himself to be a propitiation for our sin.
• The love of God that constrains us to preach and urge sinners to trust Jesus Christ.
• Love that motivates our ministries.

Faith working by love: that availeth much.

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