3Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort? 4Have you suffered so much for nothing—if it really was for nothing? 5Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard?
– Galatians 3:3-5 NIV
Paul challenged the Galatians with these questions in relation to obeying the Law. Before his conversion to the Christian faith, he was a loyal and strict Jew – a legalist. On the following verses, he stressed out that we could not reach God by obeying the Law. He was pointing out that it is not because of the Law-observance that they received miracles. It was and it is by faith in Christ.
We received salvation not because of our own effort, not because of doing good deeds, but because of the unconditional love of God.
8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God
– Ephesians 2:8
(read Macky’s entry about God’s grace)
Great is the love of God that He gave his one and only Son with no strings attached. He did not require us to carry physical crosses on Holy Week. He did not even tell us to hurt ourselves and offer needless sacrifices. In fact, Jesus offered rest for our souls.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
During Jesus’ time, the Law was a burden to people and what they need is freedom from the burden of this load – a load that hindered them from knowing and reaching God.
i’ve seen a lot of Christian churches today that still put a heavy burden on its members.
Don’t cut your hair.
Don’t wear jeans.
Don’t eat this.
Don’t eat that.
They are obsessed with legalism. Did Jesus teach these things? No! It is only being imposed by religion – by an institution that place a heavy burden on people.
God loves us unconditionally and He doesn’t require anything to make Him love us more. He places no burden on us. The truth is , He gives rest for our souls. =)
Happy 60th anniversary to Far East Broadcasting Company, Pilippines.
58th anniversary to GMA Network, Inc.
Birthday Greetings to my brother, Denmark, my cousin Jevon Chris, my classmates Melanie Javato and Bryan Gardose.
Special thanks to Dexter Panganiban for nominating InspiringEntries.com on Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2008.
To God be the glory!
Mga Marka: personal reflections