Bible Passage:Gal 2:18
For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.
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Paul would here say: I have not preached to this end, that I might build again those things which I once destroyed. If that were so, I would not only labor in vain, but would make myself also a transgressor and overthrow everything altogether, as the false apostles do, and turn grace and Christ into the Law and Moses, and on the other hand, I would turn the Law and Moses into grace and Christ. Now, by the ministry of the Gospel I have abolished sin, heaviness of heart, wrath, and death. I have taught that the conscience of man is subject to the Law, sin, and death, from which man cannot be delivered either by men or angels. I also have taught that there is remission of sins by Jesus Christ, who has abolished the Law and has destroyed sin and death. Whoever believes in Him shall be delivered from the curse of the Law and from the tyranny of sin and death. He shall become righteous and have eternal life. By the preaching of the Gospel I have destroyed the Law, to the end that it should not reign in the conscience any more. For when the new guest, Christ Jesus, comes into the new house, there to dwell alone, Moses, the old inhabitant, must give place to Him and go somewhere else. Also where Christ, the new Guest, is come to dwell, there dwells mere grace, righteousness, joy, life, and true faith in the Father, who is now reconciled unto us, gracious, long-suffering, and full of mercy for His Son Jesus Christ's sake. Does it make sense, then, to drive out Christ and destroy His kingdom, which I have planted through the preaching of the Gospel, and build up again the Law and set up the kingdom of Moses? This is what I would do if I would teach circumcision and the observation of the Law to be necessary to salvation.
Grace all the work shall crown,
Through everlasting days;
It lays in heaven the topmost stone.
And well deserves the praise.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
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