Message for March 19, 2017 from Pastor Shirley

For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. Galatians 5:6

     The apostle is telling us that neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails us anything. It is “faith which worketh by love” that availeth; that is what has value. The word availeth, comes from the Greek word ischuo which means “avail or forcefulness.” This text is saying neither circumcision nor uncircumcision are of any avail, of any account, or any benefit, or any profit, or any usefulness, “…but faith which worketh by love,” is forceful, compelling, persuasive, powerful, convincing, satisfactory.

    Faith which worketh by love. In Greek, “which worketh” (from energeo) means, “to be operative, be at work.” So, literally, Galatians 5:6 says, “faith, being operative by the Divine Love or Agape.”

    Faith which worketh by love.” The Greek structure of this word “worketh” is that present tense, continued action. This shows us that the Holy Spirit is saying, “…faith keeps on always working by love. This working is present tense or continues always to be going on.

    For (if we are) in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith activated and energized and expressed and working through love. Galatians 5:6 (Amplified Bible)

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