One or the Other?

Galatians 4:10–You observe days and months and seasons and years. I am afraid for you…

Galatians 5:2–if you receive circumcision, Christ will profit you nothing…

Herman Ridderbos, NIC on Galatians, p187: “He puts before his readers this dilemma:circumcision or Christ, everything or nothing. Do the false teachers want to persuade the Galatians that they must seek out the right combination of the two?

” Paul denies the possibility. The sufficiency of Christ’s work is being challenged. True, the Galatians have not yet entirely yielded to the opponents, but they seem turned that way. Hence it is necessary now to set the ‘one or the other’ in sharpest focus, and to see through its implications.”

If Christ’s death was for everybody, but not everybody is saved, then Christ’s death alone is not sufficient to save anybody. But Christ died for the elect alone, and Christ’s death alone saves all the elect.

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One Comment on “One or the Other?”

  1. markmcculley Says:

    Romans 11:6 Now if by grace, then it is not by works; otherwise grace ceases to be grace.


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