Falling From Grace

Duke Taber General Teachings, Teachings

Today as we continue the series on the book of Galatians, we are going to look at chapter 5 where Paul talks about falling from grace. Today, many churches and Christians equate falling from grace as falling into sin. However this is not what the Apostle Paul is talking about. He is still talking about the difference between performance mentality religion and relational Christianity. So let’s take a look at the passage where he refers to falling from grace.

The Falling From Grace Bible Verse

Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

2 Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. 3 And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law. 4 You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. 5 For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.

7 You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? 8 This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you. 9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump. 10 I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind; but he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is. 11 And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased. 12 I could wish that those who trouble you would even cut themselves off!

13 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!

In the first verse of this passage we see Paul using strong words of encouragement to the Galatian Christians. He tells them to stand fast in their liberty. So many times we do not contend for the liberty that comes from receiving the grace of God. We allow people to put us once again into a cage of bondage, to conforming to a list of do’s and don’ts. In Paul’s day, that list was being taught by what were called the Judaizers. They were teaching that you had to perform certain acts in order to be right with God. Today we call them legalists. They are the ones that teach that in order to be right with God you have to perform according to their particular list of do’s and don’ts. It is the same yeast or leaven regardless of the list that is being used.

So Paul’s command to stand fast in the liberty that was provided by Christ is applicable just as much today as it was 2000 years ago. We are to stand fast.


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