Gal 5:1-4 “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.”
In the close of the fourth chapter, Paul has declared that we are the children of the freewoman. Because of this truth, he admonishes us to “Stand fast.” Strong’s defines this to be stationary, that is, (figuratively) to persevere.” Paul is also very specific about where we are to stand fast.
Seeing that we are children of the freewoman, we are to persevere in the freedom we have through Jesus Christ. We did not break free on our own. Christ has made us free. We cannot boast in our liberty as though it is something we have gained for ourselves. If we are liberated, it is only through the loving work of Jesus. Seeing then that we are free, we have a responsibility to not be joined (yoked) back unto the bondage He has freed us from.
Paul is very plain with the brethren at Galatia. He tells them that to agree to partake in a token of the fleshly covenant means that they are setting aside the work that Jesus has done to make them free. This would not change or undo the work of Jesus Christ. However, it is an open declaration that they do not consider Christ to be sufficient.
When we, today, become entangled with the yoke of bondage that requires us to make some move before the blood of Christ can take effect in our lives, we are saying the same thing: our Christ is not sufficient. When He calls us into His marvelous grace and we then yield ourselves to the requirements of men rather than the liberty of Christ, we are not getting the full benefit of what our Lord has done for us.
Taking up the yoke of bondage does not change what He has done. We have not lost anything eternally. However, our joy in the kingdom here is greatly diminished. Instead of obeying freely in the liberty of Christ, we have gone back to trying to establish our own righteousness. Rather than our service being an act of love, it becomes a requirement to be fulfilled, and woe be unto us if we fail in any part.
When we take again a yoke of bondage, we fall from grace. That does not mean we are eternally lost from God. It does mean that we are not trusting in Christ. We are not enjoying the rest that God has provided for us in the finished work of His only begotten Son. While we seek to justify ourselves, we are openly declaring that Jesus is not enough.
May we stand in God’s grace and declare with our walk that Jesus is all we need or desire!