Hindered

Though there is nothing wrong with circumcision or following the law of Moses itself, when adhering to any of those things is made to be a requirement instead of what Jesus has done, then there is no longer belief or faith in what His death, burial and resurrection has accomplished and acquired.

  Nov 15, 2017   admin


Galatians 5:7-12 NIV
[7] You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? [8] That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. [9] “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” [10] I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion, whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty. [11] Brothers and sisters, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished. [12] As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!


So, what is the race and what is the persuasion that would be a hindrance or diversion from running it? 

From the second verse it would seem that obedience to the truth would be part of it. But, what is the truth that Paul is referring to? From the moment the message of Jesus’ love and sacrifice enters the heart, there is exposure to the truth that no longer do you have to do anything or go through any religious ritual to gain the Father’s favor or acceptance. Obedience to this truth would be running with a focus on this goal of never again relying on any status of the flesh for spiritual righteousness. 

The difficulty with this race, though, is running into those who are quite persuasive about making certain acts a requirement for right standing before God. The danger in this is that as soon as dependence is given to something we do over simple belief in our free gift in Christ, the power of the cross is put aside and made ineffective. Though there is nothing wrong with circumcision or following the law of Moses itself, when adhering to any of those things is made to be a requirement instead of what Jesus has done, then there is no longer belief or faith in what His death, burial and resurrection has accomplished and acquired. 

No matter how well spoken or convincing the orator, when their persuasion becomes a diversion from complete reliance on the cross, he/she is but an agitator that must be ignored and disregarded. As the race has been good in its beginning, it may continue on through all potential diversions to that blessed hope in His presence.