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November 16 - Evening

"You who are trying to be justified by the law have
been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away
from grace.
 For through the Spirit we eagerly await
by faith the righteousness for which we hope...
The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth?"

- Galatians 5:4-7


Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Fallen from Grace and Running the Race    

To understand Galatians 5:4-7 means to understand Christianity.

When a Christian who has been born again by faith in Christ begins to use a religious system (or, any other means such as rules, fake Christian character, good deeds because of guilt, pseudo-application of sermon points) they "have been alienated from Christ." This does not mean they are no longer saved, but it means they have been cut off from the power source. They have been severed from the vine and their spiritual growth and production is powerless.

"I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing...If you remain in me and MY WORDS REMAIN IN YOU, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples." -John 15:5-8

The word "alienated" in Galatians 5:4 is the Greek word katergethete and it means "you are made impotent." So, instead of continuing to grow in grace through an understanding of the apostolic doctrine (the Word), the Galatians have cut off the message and made themselves spiritually impotent. They are now living imitation Christian lives which were spiritually powerless.

So, actually the phrase, "you have fallen away from grace," is NOT a reference to people falling into a lifestyle of non-religious lives of pagan immorality. Instead, "fallen from grace" refers to believers in Jesus Christ who have fallen into a life of religious bondage to rules, codes which merely imitate true spiritual transformation. The true transformation is the production of righteousness in the life of the Christian who is maturing and producing the fruits of righteousness because of their growth in the Word of Jesus.

Paul understands that his Galatian believers are already saved and secure in their salvation, so Paul is encouraging them to continue in the Word, grow in their faith, produce righteousness, and so, run "a good race." Paul's goal for them was to produce righteousness in their daily lives by faith through the power of the Holy Spirit. While Paul was preparing the Galatians for their eternal rewards, the Judaizers were still trying to secure eternal salvation for the Galatians through works of the flesh.

The only thing left when the Word of God is rejected is to imitate righteousness and spiritual growth through rules, regulations and motivational sermons that teach an emotional, but impotent, practice of endless points of application in imitate the Christian life.

"The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth?" - Galatians 5:6-7

  Christian Quote from Church History

"Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither."
- C.S. Lewis




Something to Ponder??

33,000,000 U.S. residents have switched religious affiliation at least once
in their lifetime.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Katoikeo (Gr) - Dwell (Eng) - the Greek word katoikeo is a coompound word
made up of kata meaning "down," and oikeo meaning "to inhabit a house."
The word katoikeo means to dwell and be at home.

"I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell (katoikeo) in your hearts through faith." - Ephesians 3:16-17

  Herod the Great's tomb
(royal sarcophagus) was 
found at the Herodium 
in 2007 about half way 
up the mountain.
(Hebrew U Press Release)

(Carl Rasmussen Photos)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information

Do I settle for religious imitation of what people say Christians should be?
Is the power of the Word, the power of Faith and the power of the Holy Spirit changing me?
I will continue in the Word of Jesus that brough me salvation so that I can mature and
produce the fruit of the Spirit in my life.

  "Understanding is a fountain
of life to those who have it,
but folly brings puishment
to fools."
Proverbs 16:22
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Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem


Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC

Mud bricks that remain from the homes that were attached to the wall of Jericho. The stone retaining wall of Jericho is seen in the back ground. Mud bricks would have stood on top this stone retaining wall, but they fell when Joshua and Israel showed up. (Short Video of these walls here or below)
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