Walking in the Way
Galatians is all about walking… moving forward… its about correcting a misstep by challenging hypocrisy found in the saints (2:14), and removing hindrances in the runners path (5:7). It’s about walking in the Spirit, and shunning self-will and self-efforts of the flesh (5:16; 5:25), and about learning to walk as the new creatures God is making us to become (6:15-16).
And what is the standard by which corrections are made? It is the one simple, pure and holy gospel given to us in Christ. Not man-made (Gal. 1:11), not delivered or taught by any man (Gal. 1:12), but brought to mankind from God, by God, and found in God!
This gospel has the power to transform… to make “new creations” of old sinners… to make “a holy people” of soiled and rotted clay…. to make you…. to make me — like Christ!
But the process is not automatic! The gospel is not a commodity one picks up and thereby secures Christlikeness. The gospel is more like a road… a narrow road… a road found by one who seeks it. A road found by one who, like ‘Christian’ in Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, discovers his city to be Vanity — a Vanity both destructive and doomed to be destroyed – and leaves it to find the true and good path to that other city and kingdom, the kingdom of God!
No, the gospel is not a commodity at all but a way to walk. Our Lord has provided the way… even is the Way… but it is our feet, our mind and heart, that must do the walk. It is a walk each step of which moves away from the old city. One cannot both stay and go. One must decide which they wish. Stay and enjoy the fleshly fair that is Vanity (and the endless destruction that follows), or leave, taking the adventure and challenge of this narrow Way.
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matt. 7:13-14).
If you decide to walk the way as the true gospel gives us, the gate to that way is just up that hillside. It is marked by the cross, both His and yours. No baggage may be brought with you; any you have must be left behind, left there at that cross.
If you decide to walk the way as the true gospel gives us, you will find you will not walk alone: the king of the new kingdom will walk with you! He is an amazing King, able both to be seated in His eternal kingdom, while walking intimately alongside each walker on that wondrous path.
“I am the Way….” (John 14:6) — “Rise, let us be going…” (John 14:31).
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