Welcome to another episode on this blog, I pray as you read through the en-grafted word of God, it will make you wise in Jesus name.
Today, we’ll be looking at an interesting topic in the body of Christ titled “OH FOOLISH GALATIANS”, a statement Paul used for the Galatians in his letter to them when he noticed false doctrine amidst them. The purpose of this article is to help us have a better understanding of the law, and faith in Christ Jesus. Salvation, Righteousness… through faith in Christ and not by works. I pray as you read through, the Lord will enlighten your understanding and cause you to live in this reality.
Note: When the word comes across man’s way, its purpose is to establish and build man up in the faith (James 1:21, 2Tim 3:15-17).
A brief Introduction into who the Galatians are.
Paul had his first encounter with the Galatians on his first missionary journey and he used that opportunity to preach the gospel to them. His preaching brought many to Christ, Jews and Gentiles alike. And because of that, Paul became their spiritual father and from time to time, he checked on their spiritual growth. Paul wrote this epistle to the Galatia church as a result of the controversy surrounding the Gentiles Christians and the Mosaic Law. The teaching of circumcision of the flesh by the Law of Moses arose amidst the Church and almost caused a division. The Jews did not see the uncircumcised gentiles as part of the body of Christ. However Paul rebuked them and sought to put a balance in their midst through his epistle to them.
The Law and Faith
Galatians 3:19 (TLB) Well then, why were the laws given? They were added after the promise was given, to show men how guilty they are of breaking God’s laws. But this system of law was to last only until the coming of Christ, the Child to whom God’s promise was made. (And there is this further difference. God gave his laws to angels to give to Moses, who then gave them to the people.
The law was given to reveal the sinfulness of man. Although the Law was good and holy (Rom 7:12), it did not provide salvation for us. “No one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin” (Romans 3:20, Acts 13:38–39). The law was given to guide man until the promise of God to Abraham was fulfilled. The promise wasn’t to his seeds (descendants) but was to Christ. Christ came to fulfill the law (Matt 5:14-17, Rom 10:4).
Man obtained what the law could not give through faith in Christ Jesus. Just as our father Abraham was accounted righteous because of his faith in God, so are we made righteous in Christ because of our faith in Him. From our previous post Looking Unto Jesus, we were made to understand that Jesus is author and the finisher of our faith, meaning Christ is our faith. Everything we’ll become in our Christian walk and service to God is pivoted on our faith in God. Since Christ is our faith and the Bible made us to understand that faith comes by hearing and hearing the word (Rom 10:17), we came to believe the good news of Christ through the faith we received upon hearing the gospel. Also Eph 2:8-9 (KJV) made us understand that,
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Since we are saved by grace through faith, that means there’s nothing no matter how many tries with his human effort, it ends up in nothing.
We see from here that we can’t boast in our salvation because it’s a gift we obtained from God through our faith Christ.
Study Roman, Galatians, Ephesian and Hebrews to understand better the law and Faith.
It is imperative for us to note here that he who has been saved isn’t under the law but under the guidance of the Spirit. ROM 8:2 gave us an understanding of this… For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Righteousness through Faith and not works
Galatians 2:16 (KJV) Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
We’re justified and made right with God through faith in Jesus Christ and not by works. The Galatians had received many incredible blessings from the Holy Spirit when Paul had first been among them. The Galatian Church and Paul, knew that these blessings of the Spirit did not come because they were keeping the law of God. God had freely given these gifts simply because they had believed the gospel. From this experience, the Galatians should have known better that God’s blessings couldn’t be obtained by obedience to the law.
Paul said “for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.”, if the law was capable to make man justified, there wouldn’t be a need for Christ to die, but that which the law couldn’t accomplish, Christ did it for us. So our righteousness is by faith in Christ Jesus and not by works. What does righteousness means?
Righteousness is right standing with God. Man got this privilege to stand blamelessly before God because of what Christ did and our faith in him. Paul explained to the Galatian that our father Abraham was made right and received the blessings of God through his belief.
Galatians 3:6 (KJV) Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
Since our father Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him as righteousness, everyone who believes God also become righteous through faith in Christ Jesus and became legitimate children of Abraham.
If our righteousness is by works then we have something to boast in, but Paul made us understand in 1cor 1:30-31, Ephesians 2:8-9 and Rom 3:27 that our righteousness is through our faith in Christ. If it was to be by works of the law none of us will be righteous before God because we won’t be able to fulfill all what the law requires and a trespasser of one is a trespasser of all.
Freedom from the law
Galatians 2:19-20 (KJV) For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
We that were once bound to the law have been set free from the law through Christ Jesus. Our present state to the law is “death” because we are “alive” unto God. You’re no longer a slave to the law, you have been set free from it.
Romans 8:2 (KJV) For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
The law of the Spirit of life in Christ has set free everyone who was once under the slavery of sin through the law of death, hence we aren’t under any obligation to fulfill what the law says again, we are now controlled by a greater law which is that of the Spirit. A man of the spirit doesn’t quench the Spirit, he does everything the Holy Spirit instructs him to do per time. He’s a man that is careful to walk in the Spirit every time. He is an individual who understands that the righteous man shall live by faith.
Nowadays, many believers are like the Christians in Galatia who acted foolishly after experiencing the mysteries of God. They wanted to continue enjoying the glory of God with the law, which at first couldn’t put them right with God. God’s way of we experiencing what he has in plan for us is to keep walking in faith. Also the more you study the word and pray, the more grounded you are in your belief of the scriptures. And you won’t be like infant tossed here and there by the different wind of doctrines (Eph 4:4).
Thank you for reading this post. Join us again on Thursday. God bless you. Amen.