No Other View — Galatians 5:7-12
Using the illustration of running a race, Paul demonstrates once again his love for the Galatian church and his desire for them to continue in the grace of the Gospel. He exposes the plot to add law to grace as an ungodly temptation which threatened to spread through the whole church. Yet, for all this, Paul has confidence that the Galatians will not be swayed from their commitment to grace? Why? Paul has confidence in the Lord who will not let his people go and that the Lord called at least some of these believers to a true, convicted profession of faith.
In recalling the message, Paul reminds the Galatians that persecution does come to those who hold the truth and the truth actually presents a scandalous offense, a stumbling block to others in the form of the cross. It is hard for folks to grasp that Jesus, who suffered and died on the cross, is our Savior. It is also hard to grasp that the work on the cross accomplished our salvation once and for all. No other work, not even following the Old Testament ceremonial laws such as circumcision, is needed to obtain our salvation. It is by grace that we are saved through Christ – Alone!