A New Testament Mindset
The letter to the Galatians by the apostle Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit is one that strikes the core of the main problem in most churches today – a lack of understanding of the practical application of justification by faith. The letter gets to the heart of true spiritual warfare, which is Law vs. Grace. We know according to 2 Corinthians 10: 3-5, that the warfare, the only warfare, that Christians need to consider is in the mind. And when we renew our minds to the truth of God’s grace, Romans 12:1-2, then we realize that the war is over, and we stand, Ephesians 6:11, 13-14, and rest, Hebrews 4:1-3, in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
What did Jesus mean in John 19:30 when He said, “It is finished?” He meant that Satan is defeated. He can no longer accuse you before God any more. John 12:31. The law is fulfilled. It is done. It is over. Hebrews 8:6.As new creation people, we need a New Testament to live by. Sin no longer has power over us. Romans 6:14, “Sin shall no longer have dominion over you because you are no longer under the law but under grace.” I Corinthians 15:56, “The sting of death is sin and the strength of sin is the law.” So if there is no Old Covenant law anymore then sin has no more power over us. Besides, the old man, Romans 6:6, is now dead and doesn’t exist anymore. That person that now lives, the new creation, loves God. He loves God’s Word, the things of the Spirit, people, everything that pertains to the Kingdom of God!
So now I say with Paul – “Who has bewitched you? This only I want to learn from you: did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit are you now being made perfect by the flesh? Therefore, He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law or by the hearing of faith?” Galatians 3:1-3,5. Do you see it? You can never experience the fullness of God, His love, His truth, His power, or His miracles by works of the law! Why are people condemned all the time? Because they are still under the law (actually they are not), they are trying to do works to obtain righteousness instead of living by faith in the grace, the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ. When we are living by faith in the grace, the finished work of Jesus, based on what He did for us at the cross, then sin, sickness, the law, and even death have no more power over us.
We can work miracles, heal the sick, cast out devils, raise the dead, and operate in all the fullness as sons of God because, “God the Father, who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things Romans 8:32. Amen.