Speaker: Lukus Counterman - The false teachers in the Galatian churches were saying that Christian converts had to be circumcised. You might think that it was a trivial matter, but Paul indicates that there were doctrinal implications associated with it. Circumcision was not merely a physical operation or a ceremonial rite. It was a theological symbol of self-effort in conflict with the grace meted out through the cross. Salvation has never been by good works or law keeping. It has always been by grace through faith in Christ. Paul asserts in Galatians 5:1-15 that you cannot add circumcision (or anything else for that matter) to Christ as necessary for salvation because Christ is sufficient in himself. If you add anything to Christ, you lose Christ. And so Paul calls believers to liberty in the grace of Christ. Not legalism, not license, but liberty directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit.