Galatians 3
Galatians 3

Galatians 3

Galatians 3:1-29

1  O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?

2  This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?—

3  Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?

4  Have you suffered so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain?

5  Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?


7  Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham.

8  And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.”

9  So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.

10  For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT CONTINUE IN ALL THINGS WHICH ARE WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO DO THEM.”

11  But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.”

12  Yet the law is not of faith, but “THE MAN WHO DOES THEM SHALL LIVE BY THEM.”

13  Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE”),

14  that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

15  Brethren, I speak in the manner of men: Though it is only a man’s covenant, yet if it is confirmed, no one annuls or adds to it.

16  Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “AND TO YOUR SEED,” who is Christ.

17  And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect.

18  For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no longer of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

19  What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator.

20  Now a mediator does not mediate for one only, but God is one.

21  Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law.

22  But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.

23  But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed.

24  Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

25  But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.

26  For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

27  For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

29  And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

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7 months ago

It must have been most difficult for those who had grown up under the law, where their every moment was dictated by confining guidelines. It was actually as good as it gets for being righteous if you could only comply with all of its requirements. There must have been a great frustration to be so passionate about fulfilling every detail while knowing that it was impossible, that failure in one little thing was failure in the whole. It was ingrained in them, though, that only those within their circle could avoid condemnation, and that circle was exclusive to those who exemplified this discipline.
Now they were being told that none of those ways they had devoted their lives to were necessary at all, that they were even counterproductive to the true righteousness of their father Abraham. As they were incapable of ever complying completely with the way that had consumed their lives, its true intent of right standing before God was only possible through faith in Christ. As He was Abraham’s only seed that was faultless, becoming one with Him was the only way to that standing. Though so liberating from the life of slavery to the law, it must have been easy to fall back into relying on a merit system over simple faith. There would certainly be a righteous lifestyle that faith would enable with many things that were once required reflected in it. The difference was that this way of righteousness was now open to anyone without exception, and the only requirement was identification with Christ. Baptism into Him would enable freedom from condemnation for absolutely everyone who abandoned their old way of self-reliance for one of total reliance on Him.
While we may not have grown up under the strict requirements of the Galatians, there is still a natural tendency to gauge righteousness on a merit basis. How good someone is still seems necessary to be accepted in so many different areas. Even after accepting Christ, this ingrained perspective can pervade. For us also, it is necessary to relinquish any reliance on our performance in order to discover the righteousness that’s only in Him. Those ways that make for complete liberation from condemnation are only lived by those who are of Abraham’s seed, counted righteous through faith alone. Identifying with Him turns the impossible into a natural display of His victory over sin and death.

7 months ago

Thinking about all that was required by the Law, and really, no human way to be perfect at it, only exalts how amazing what we have in Christ. Moses was given this set of parameters to convict the hearts of people, to bring awareness of sin whose penalty could only be taken by Him. All these ways that had to be self propelled. Now we take our eyes off self, and works of self reliance and place our hearts in His hands. What rest there is in Christ, like He said, the yoke is easy, the burden light. Just come, just come and receive the new life in Him, He is the transformationin all of, He is awesome!

6 months ago

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