Someone asked me in the comments section: what were the aspects of the Law of Moses that were being taught by the troublemakers (Judaizers) that Paul was teaching does not make one complete in Christ, according to the letter to the Galatians. So I thought I would share these texts with everyone. I think that the ceremonial laws from Moses were being taught as the way to be perfected before God. The troublemakers seems to be telling Gentiles Christians that they may have forgiveness of sins, but they were not the children of Abraham, the children of promise, or in a relationship with God as true Israel. These Judaizers told the Gentile Christians that they needed to be “perfected in the flesh” (Galatians 3:3). Notice that these are the points Paul is dealing with throughout the letter to the Galatians:
Galatians 2:3 – circumcision
Galatians 2:12 – not eating with Gentiles/ separation from Gentiles
Galatians 3:15-29 – the promise to Abraham was not nullified by the Law of Moses. Thus, these aspects of the Law of Moses do not bring the promise of Abraham to fulfillment. The promise brings the blessings, not observance of these ceremonial aspects of the Law of Moses.
Galatians 4:10 – observing special days, months, seasons, and years
Galatians 4:21-31 – the promise to Abraham is greater than the law of Moses. Thus, these aspects of the Law of Moses are not needed to receive the promise to Abraham and its blessings.
Galatians 5:2-12 – circumcision
Galatians 6:12-15 – circumcision
We must continue to strive to let the text speak for itself and not insert our theologies and doctrines into a text where it is unwarranted.