Love, Liberty & The Cross
From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.
I think at this point the Apostle Paul has had enough. Jewish teachers, known as Judiazers were following Paul, he would establish a church and build them up with sound doctrine of the New Covenant in Jesus Christ then, Jewish teachers would show up and try to legalize everyone.
They would teach that you had to be circumcised and you had to follow the teachings of Moses in order to be a good Christian, sadly they were wrong. Paul is so fed-up with this legalism that he lays all the law out in this one important verse:
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, in this; Thou shalt Love thy neighbor as thyself.
But how is the law fulfilled in this verse? It’s explained by this verse:
Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.
Here’s the irony Paul is preaching on Love and Liberty and he received 195 lashes to his back, 3 times he was beaten with Rods on his back, under Mosaic law this would have been 117 hits, but the Romans were under no such law, so it could have been even more, three shipwrecks, in countless perils for his very survival.
Love did not invoke the beatings, it was Liberty.
II Corinthians 3:17
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty.
The enemy would send legalism to quench the spirit of liberty, and Paul was saying I have the marks to prove my gospel is real, I have the experience all they have is an argument, and a man with an experience is never at the mercy of a man with an argument.
Now you know why dictators always want to destroy Christianity because it brings Liberty, it sets us free from the bondage of sin, and Satan can’t stand that.
Love, Liberty & The Cross it’s amazing how all three tie together for your salvation.
He is: Or Goyim
Light of the Nations