Galatians 5:1

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

(OPB::ESV)

From the immediate context (i.e., the next few verses) it seems clear to me that the “yoke of slavery” Paul is talking about is the Mosaic Law. However, the issue about whether to follow the Mosaic Law isn’t really relevant any more (not to me anyway: I certainly don’t intend to follow it). I think this verse can fittingly be interpreted more generally, along the lines of Galatians 4:8-9: when you have Jesus, why submit yourself to lesser ideals?

1 Comment

  1. The Galatians were fighting a heresy (Judaizers) that said we had to submit to the OT Law, primarily circumcision, before we could be considered righteous. Paul is saying, “Don’t go back there.”

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