Paul is asking ‘what has happened to all your joy?’ in this letter. He says there is a type of joy that can survive all things. This celebration is on offer but the Galatians don’t have it. If something has happened, it’s a symptom of something else. Losing your joy is a Jesus issue.
Listen up (v1-5)
Who are you going to listen to? What is it that God wants to communicate? Jesus gave himself for our sins. He died to rescue us from this present evil age. God decided he should do that. Jesus himself loved, gave up his very self, to rescue you. Jesus did everything that was needed to rescue us from the evil that hurts us.
Don’t be amazing (v6-9)
Paul says the important thing is to look at what Jesus has done for you. Once we say it’s about what we do, the focus isn’t on Jesus. What you trust about him is much more important than what you do. The Bible does talk about a way to live. Why would anyone ever do good things? Trying to follow rules doesn’t make you more kind or godly.
Amazingly approved (v10)
The reason the wrong teaching was accepted was that people could compare themselves with others. Whatever judgements are made about you, you are safe with the one who matters. You are safe with the only one who has any right to make a judgement.