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Improving on Perfection

August 11, 2015

When you merge something with impurities into something pure, it brings corruption.

In mathematics, we know a negative and a positive equals a negative.

As broken and flawed humans, we cannot improve the work of Christ by something we do, say, feel, or think.

Many times we are told the way to be a good Christian is “Jesus + (insert something we do or don’t do, an attitude, or a Christian discipline.)”

Consider some of the Christian activities we insert into this equation…

  • Prayer
  • Church attendance
  • Missions
  • Tithing
  • Spiritual gifts
  • Bible reading
  • Obedience

The list could go on and on. Notice the things listed above are all good things. We could easily attach a Scripture reference to each one.

The enemy would never think of convincing us that we need “Jesus + fornication or drugs” in order to be pleasing to God.

What makes someone spiritual?
How do we evaluate who is a good Christian and who is not?

This is the core issue in the book of Galatians. Paul went in preaching a message of Christ, not culture. The church in Galatia was being tempted to add Jewishness to their faith, and Paul wants none of it.

Try your best to read between the lines of Galatians 3:1-3. 

It’s not too difficult to see Paul’s feelings. He is extremely angry. Nowhere else in Paul’s writings do we see him insulting a church so much! Paul is telling them they started with the Spirit. The beginning of their journey with God was salvation. Salvation was completely an act of God, nothing of themselves. Now they were changing the rules and relying on the flesh.

Why did they trust God to get saved but now trust something physical such as circumcision to be righteous, or pleasing to God?