Bible Study—Fall 2012
The Crucial Points of the Truth in Galatians (9)
Brought to Naught from Christ
Galatians 3:14 In order that the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
5:4 You have been brought to nought, separated from Christ, you who are being justified by law; you have fallen from grace.
5:5 For we by the Spirit out of faith eagerly await the hope of righteousness.
5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision avails anything nor uncircumcision, but faith avails, operating through love.
John 15:4 Abide in Me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.
15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.
15:10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; even as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
The crucial point in Galatians 5:4-6 is that we may be brought to nothing from Christ and that we may also fall from grace, thus to be brought to nothing concerning the enjoyment of Christ. To be brought to naught from Christ is to be reduced to nothing from Christ, deprived of all profit from Christ and so separated from Him, making Him void of effect. This does not mean that our eternal salvation is lost. On the contrary, our salvation is eternally secure (John 1:12-13; 3:16; Rom. 5:10; Heb. 2:3). To be brought to nought from Christ means that your enjoyment of Christ has been confiscated and thus we have fall from grace (Heb. 12:15; 2 Peter 3:17).
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1. What does it mean to be brought to nought from Christ?
2. How is the Spirit related to faith?
3. How can we have more appreciation and love for the Lord Jesus?
4. How can we touch our spirit?
1. Many weary years I vainly sought a spring,
One that never would run dry;
Unavailing all that earth to me could bring,
Nothing seemed to satisfy.
Drinking at the Fountain that never runs dry,
Drinking at the Fountain of life am I;
Finding joy and pleasure
In abounding measure,
I am drinking at the Fountain of life.
2. Through the desert land of sin I roam no more,
For I find a living Spring
And my cup of gladness now is running o’er,
Jesus is my Lord and King.
3. Here is sweet contentment as the days go by,
Here is holy peace and rest;
Here is consolation as the moments fly,
Here my heart is always blest.
4. Here I find a never ending, sure supply,
While the endless ages roll;
To this healing Fountain I would ever fly,
There to bathe my weary soul.