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Ever-present Galatianism

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God continually led disobedient Israel into the bondage of their sin (Egypt) in order to cause them to continue to seek Him for deliverance from it, to the freedom (Red Sea) of serving Him in righteousness. Every time they became disobedient they were invaded by unbelievers, which caused them to repeatedly seek God for deliverance, which I believe may be a syndrome presently accompanying America and every country where the majority of its populous is unbelieving.

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Ever-present Galatianism


The Holy Spirit has taken particular care to lay hold of facts in the Old Testament which we should never have thought applicable, in order to bring our blessed truths in the New Testament. Who would have discerned the difference between law and promise in Hagar and Ishmael striving with Sarah and Isaac? The Spirit of God not only saw it, but intended the record of the circumstances to be the beautiful foreshadowing of the two covenants; that of law, which has only a child of the flesh; and that of promise, which, on the contrary, brings forth in due time the child of the Spirit.

The apostle Paul does not leave us to our own imaginations. He shows that Hagar answers to Jerusalem that now is—the city of scribes and Pharisees, poor, proud, miserable Jerusalem, that had no liberty towards God, groaning under the Roman bondage, and the still more bitter slavery of sin. The apostle applies this to what was the going on among the Galatians. Let them beware of becoming virtually the children of Hagar. Did they not take the place of being zealous for the law? Yet after all they did not understand its voice; “desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.” The law was thoroughly against them. It clearly showed that God attached the promise not to the mere offspring of the letter, but to the children of the Spirit.

Every religious system or church which takes its stand upon the law, invariably assumes a Jewish character. We need not look far to understand this, nor to apply it. Why is it that men have magnificent buildings, or the splendor of ritual in the service of God? On what model is it all founded? Certainly they are not like those who gathered of old in the upper room. The temple is clearly the type, and along with this goes the having a peculiar class of persons, being founded upon the notion of the Jewish priesthood.

The service, where that is the case, must depend upon what would attract the senses—show of ornament, music, imposing ceremonies, everything that would strike man’s mind, or that would draw a multitude together, not by the truth, but by something to be seen or heard that pleases nature. It is the order of what the Word of God calls the “worldly sanctuary”* (Heb 9:1). Not That the tabernacle or temple had not a very important meaning before the Lord Jesus came; but afterwards their shadowy character became apparent, and their temporary value was at an end, and the full truth and grace of god were manifested in the person of Him who came from heaven.

When the Lord Jesus was rejected from the earth and want back to heaven, all was changed, and the heart-allegiance pf God’s children is transferred to heaven. The true sanctuary for us in in the glorified Lord Jesus in heaven. What the OT connected for an earthly people with the temple, the NT does with the Lord Jesus.

It is of great importance to trace things to their principle. When Paul wrote to the Galatians, only the germs were showing themselves; they had not got to the length of consecrating buildings and casts of men, with all the pomp and circumstance of religious worship suited to the world, which we see around us now, the result of gradual inroads of error upon the Christian professing body. But still there was the beginning of the mischief, the attempt to bring in the principle of law upon the Christians.

And what is the effect? You only fall into the position of Ishmael, out of Isaac’s. To be thus identified with the law is to be an Ishmael, to forfeit the promises and grace and to become a child of the bondwomen. This is the argument that the apostle uses to deal with the Galatians, who were flattering themselves that they had made immense progress; but it was really a slip out of liberty into bondage.

- Wm Kelly



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*“worldly sanctuary”: Gill - “Philo the Jew says {l}, it was a type of the world, and of the various things in it; though it was rather either a type of the church, or of heaven, or of Christ's human nature: the better reason of its being so called is, because it consisted of earthly matter, and worldly things; it was in the world, and only had its use in the world, and so is opposed to the heavenly sanctuary; for the Jews often speak of hlemlv vdqm, "a sanctuary above," and hjmlv vdqm, "a sanctuary below" {m}, and of alyeld ankvm, "a tabernacle above," and attld ankvm, "a tabernacle below" {n}; which answered to one another: the words may be rendered "a beautiful sanctuary," a well adorned one; and such especially was the temple, or sanctuary built by Solomon, rebuilt by Zerubbabel, and repaired and adorned by Herod, Luke 21:5. And the Jews say, that he that never saw Herod's building, meaning the temple, never saw a beautiful building; see Luke 21:5.”

http://www.christianity.com/bible/comments/hebrews/gill/hebrews9.htm#

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The apostle Paul does not leave us to our own imaginations. He shows that Hagar answers to Jerusalem that now is—the city of scribes and Pharisees, poor, proud, miserable Jerusalem, that had no liberty towards God, groaning under the Roman bondage, and the still more bitter slavery of sin. The apostle applies this to what was the going on among the Galatians. Let them beware of becoming virtually the children of Hagar. Did they not take the place of being zealous for the law? Yet after all they did not understand its voice; “desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.” The law was thoroughly against them. It clearly showed that God attached the promise not to the mere offspring of the letter, but to the children of the Spirit.
The problem with the Pharisee's in Jerusalem (really all of Israel) at that time wasn't that they followed the Law.
It was that they didn't.

Mark 7:5-9; The Pharisees and the scribes *asked Him, “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat their bread with impure hands?” And He said to them, “Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:
‘This people honors Me with their lips,
But their heart is far away from Me.
‘But in vain do they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’
Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men.”
He was also saying to them, “You are experts at setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition.

Matt 23:23-24; “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others. You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!

When the Lord Jesus was rejected from the earth and want back to heaven, all was changed, and the heart-allegiance pf God’s children is transferred to heaven. The true sanctuary for us in in the glorified Lord Jesus in heaven. What the OT connected for an earthly people with the temple, the NT does with the Lord Jesus.
I would be curious as the scripture about our "heart-allegiance" being transferred to heaven.
 
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Rom 8:1-4; Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Obviously walking in the Spirit has a lot to do with this. Being "IN" Christ Jesus also has a lot to do with this.
But it wasn't as if God gave us faulty instructions. The law wasn't "weak" because it was a "bad" set of instructions.
The law was weak "through the flesh". It wasn't weak because of God. It was weak because of men.

Rom 7:12; So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

1 Tim 1:8-10; But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching,

As soon as someone goes back to doing those things, they are under the law again. Or... if they never stop doing
those things in the first place... they are still under the law.
 
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The problem with the Pharisee's in Jerusalem (really all of Israel) at that time wasn't that they followed the Law.
It was that they didn't.
Hi BAC - I suppose it would determine what is meant by "follow the law." Most of Israel desired to keep the law e.g. put forth their efforts to obey it, and at the same time some were yet unbelievers, for they never trusted in God. In keeping the law they were diligent in the ordinances, esp. those that were sacrificial, to receive forgiveness for the "unintentional" wrongs, but as we know that all changed in Christ effecting the New Covenant, which even today most have not accepted.

They eventually learned what God wanted them to realize, that they could not keep the law according to that which would please God (required a sinless heart), hence the sacrificial ordinances and the eventual "bringing in of a better hope" (Heb 7:19).

God's blessings to my Brother!
 
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I would be curious as the scripture about our "heart-allegiance" being transferred to heaven.
This merely intends that our focus is to be, as much as we are able, on the Lord Jesus and where He is. "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
 
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But it wasn't as if God gave us faulty instructions. The law wasn't "weak" because it was a "bad" set of instructions.
The law was weak "through the flesh". It wasn't weak because of God. It was weak because of men.
We're in the same mind here! I believe Scripture reveals that the law wasn't to bring righteousness by instructing them what to do, for righteousness cannot come by works of the law. It's sole purpose was to show their guilt, not deliver them from it, and to show them it required God for deliverance, through the sacrificial ordinances, which then was a foreshadow of His coming deliverance through Jesus, and thus no longer through the sacrificial system.
 
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