Contextual Verses: Galatians 2:17-21
Memory Verse: Galatians 2:20 -- "I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."
Digging In: This is a heavy passage even if you look solely at just verse 17... to take advantage of God's grace and live a deliberately sinful life, knowing you will just be forgiven, is making Christ the minister of sin. This not only disgraces God but makes him into a joke in our lives. This convicted me of a few things to say the least. Now look at verse 20 above. God's grace cannot stand on man's merit, it must be freely given in every way. So while we live in the flesh, we should not live after the flesh. Think about your sinful ways and realize it was not possible for you to be ransomed in any other way than through Christ's death. That is how weighty our sins are.
This quote by Matthew Henry's commentary on this passage really stuck out to me: "The more simply the believer relies on Christ for everything, the more devotedly does he walk before Him in all His ordinances and commandments. [...] Thus he neither abuses the grace of God, nor makes it in vain."
My Meditations: My pride is dead after reading these verses (or at least it should be, it keeps roaring its ugly head) because the depravity of my situation without Christ's freely given grace is deplorable at best. Nothing I can do will save me. I have a desire to live the devoted life to Christ talked about in the quote above, to fully appreciate God's grace by being obedient to Him. Once again, I needs God's help to do that and I know I will fail in my flesh. How much I need the Lord!