We are free. The Son has made us free, and we are free indeed, though not free to disobey the dictates and promptings of our new nature. We are set free from minute prescriptions, from priestly rules and requisitions, from all that would cramp and hinder our spiritual development; but we are still under the law of Christ, who will see to it that the essential righteousness of the Mosaic law is fulfilled in us, “who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit,” Rom 8:1.
If the Mosaic law is kept as a means of salvation, we must fulfill it all, Gal 5:3. For himself, as “we” suggests, Gal 5:5, Paul had an assured confidence that his hope could not be disappointed. Christ is ever calling us upward, Gal 5:8. Be on guard against the ferment of false teaching, Gal 5:9. The Apostle shows the absurdity of supposing that he was in favor of circumcision, since, if that were the case, the long persecution of his life would cease, Gal 5:11. These verses were in Bunyan’s mind when he depicted Mr. Worldly Wiseman, of the town of Carnal Policy, as endeavoring to turn Christian out of the Way of the Cross to the house of Mr. Legality.