Paul moves this week from the fruitlessness of the Law in the promises we have in Christ – HOPE! Paul describes the 'working' of Christ in our behalf and then addresses those enemies of the church who seek to push us back into works of the flesh. We are warned that it does not take much to 'leaven' the lump (yes we are the lump).
This warning is not the end of the story – we are given the 'scandal' of the Cross of Christ and the promise that the scars of the Cross will always be more comforting than any scars we may bear. Certainly better than any scars we might give ourselves in human labor to deserve God's affection. The equation is simple 'not by works of righteousness that I have done' (Titus 3:5) but rather completely 'faith working through love!' (Gal 5:6).
See you Sunday!