Class #42: We often speak of how we are saved FROM sin, death and the power of the devil. With Galatians 5:13ff, St. Paul tell us what we were saved FOR. Having been slaves, we were called by the Gospel NOT FOR indulging the flesh, but FOR serving one another in love. Having laid the true foundation (salvation through faith in Jesus alone), St. Paul directs us to build on that foundation by good works of love toward the neighbor.
When it come to the true doctrine, we are to hold firmly to the Word and not give up even one teaching. When it comes to the life of others, we generously forgive sins, as love bears with all things.