Opinion, popular cultural thought and Biblical principles. I was in several conversations this week with pre-Christians and Believers and all three of these concepts were prevalent. Sometimes it was easy to recognize the frame of reference that those I was in conversation were coming from. In other remarks it seemed that there was a blending of opinion, culture and the Bible that influenced the conversation. What do you hear? What do you say? Which carries more weight with you?
In Galatians 2, Paul who once was an elite Jewish “champion of the cause” describes how he stood up against some teachings of which he was once a huge proponent at one time. In fact he was the top debater and now his comments are completely opposite. His thoughts are based on the special revelation of Jesus and the grace that He brings to the human heart.
Can you imagine being told that you had to go through a special ritual to be at one with God? This was the case here. Paul clearly states the Truth, which is that Jesus offers grace to all. That the Messiah long promised since the beginning of time was the Seed of Abraham and all that believers immediately became heirs of God’s salvation and favor.
The church and Christians must have standards. The Bible is clear about living and conducting our lives according to God given principles. Yet for salvation there is no one but Jesus who saves. “Nothing can separate us from the love of God.” (Romans 8). “There is no Jew or Greek, no slave or free, male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” And then in Galatians 2:20 we can say along with Paul, “I have been crucified with Christ; and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. 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.”
Things to Ponder:
How can we reconcile or separate opinion, culture and the guiding principles of the Word?
From which do you base your thoughts on and what does this say about your worldview.?Think back to our conversation where you took a Biblical stand. What did you do well? What could you have done differently? How is that relationship with that person?
What can you do this week to understand and implement the Bible more in your life, your conversations, and your world view?