Class #56: As St. Paul summarizes his letter, he emphasizes the essence of those who are to be considered Christian. It is not outward actions nor the presence or absence of the mark of circumcision–the very things in which the Judaizers boasted. True Christians walk according to the “rule”(6:16, the Greek work is from canon).
The canon is not a rulebook for outward actions. The canon is being a “new creation” (6:15). It is “to be created like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph 4:24). We are righteous through faith in Christ. We show forth holiness as faith “expressing itself through love” (5:6). St. Paul pronounces a benediction of “peace and mercy” upon those who have this renewal of the mind worked by the Holy Spirit.
The believer has peace in his conscience with God, as well as God’s mercy to help in the midst of afflictions.