“No Longer Under Management” (Galatians 5: 22 – 23, ESV) by Carley Evans


“Against such things, there is no law.”

I think the Christian walk is a walk of a positive life — a life of love, gentleness, patience, goodness, self-control, joy, calm, peace, forgiveness, understanding. As Paul says, “against such things, there is no law.”

Law is a negative. Law tells us what we must not do. Law condemns. Law separates.

Jesus came to fulfill the demands of the Law, living to serve and reflect only His Father, dying to free us from sin and death.

“We are enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time comes, God sends forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who are under the law, so that we may receive adoption as sons.” (Galatians 4: 3 – 5)

In the Christian walk, we are “sons of God, through faith.” (Galatians 3: 26) “The law is our guardian until Christ comes…But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.” (Galatians 3: 25)

Therefore, let us walk in freedom.

“Not To Be Served, But To Serve” (1 Peter 2: 15 – 16) by Carley Evans


“Put to silence the ignorance of foolish people,” writes Peter. And how is this accomplished? “By doing good,” responds Peter. He tells us to “live as people who are free.” At the same time, we are not to use our “freedom as a cover-up for evil.”

Our freedom is made perfect as we live “as servants of God.”

Jesus says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” (John 13: 16 – 17)

And He tells His disciples, “Whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20: 26 – 28)

Jesus sets us His example. “He made Himself nothing, taking the form of a servant.” (Philippians 2: 7)

Therefore, if the Son of God emptied Himself of His glory to the point of death on a cross; then we must empty ourselves, “know Him and the power of His resurrection, and share His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death.” (Philippians 3: 10)

“For freedom Christ has set us free.” (Galatians 5: 1)

And “only faith working through love” “counts for anything.” (Galatians 5: 6)

“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone.” (Galatians 6: 10)

“The Letter Kills; The Spirit Transforms” (2 Corinthians 3: 6, ESV) by Carley Evans


Paul and Timothy write that they are commended not by themselves but by the Corinthian church body, each member being their “letter of recommendation, written on [Paul and Timothy’s] hearts, to be known and read by all.” (2 Corinthians 3: 2) They are not boasting; the “confidence that [they] have is through Christ toward God.” (2 Corinthians 3: 4) Paul and Timothy recognize that they “are not sufficient in [themselves] to claim anything as coming from [themselves].” (2 Corinthians 2: 5) They know that “[their] sufficiency is from God.”

“God has made [them] competent to be ministers.”

And of what ministry are Paul and Timothy? Theirs is the ministry of the new covenant in which God places His Spirit within His people, writing His will upon our hearts. Paul and Timothy are not of the “ministry of condemnation, and death” but of the “ministry of righteousness, and life.”

“For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”

“Only through Christ, is [the veil] taken away. When one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (2 Corinthians 3: 14, 16)

Peter writes, “Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God.” (1 Peter 2: 16 – 17)

And Paul reminds, “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5: 1)

“Now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God,how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more?” (Galatians 4: 9)

Paul tells us that the ministry of condemnation and death has been “brought to an end;” there is then no rationale for going back under the yoke of the letter of the law, for “the letter kills.” We are free in Christ. “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes form the Lord who is Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3: 18)

“In Agreement With Jesus” (Matthew 18: 18 – 20, ESV) by Carley Evans


Jesus says that if we come together and agree with one another “about anything [we] ask, it will be done for [us] by My Father in heaven.” This is true because where two or more are gathered together in the Name of Jesus, He is there with them. Therefore what we bind in Jesus’ Name — with His full awareness and support — here on earth is also bound in heaven, and what is loosed — i.e. what is set free — is set free in heaven.

 

Jesus says, “And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened.” (Luke 11: 9)

Jesus says, “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11: 22 – 24)

Here Jesus warns us that what we ask for and believe we have received will be ours — this is true only because He is there with us, agreeing with us as we pray in faith. Our ability to bind and loose is only in proportion to our adherence to God’s will. If we are off base, then our faith is lacking and our prayer is worthless. Nothing will come of it.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow.” (Matthew 6: 33 – 34)