Galatians 3 Lesson

Faith does what the Law could not

Paul continues to reinforce the message that we are saved through faith in Jesus, not by works.

It is interesting to see Paul’s technique in working with the Galatians. He does a great job of tying the Old Testament and the New Testament together through a common bond, faith.

In Galatians 3:6-7, Paul says:

  • “Even so Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.  Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham.”

Instead of only the Jews being tied to the lineage of Abraham by birth, now everyone that has their faith in Jesus can be called a child of God. All that is required is faith in Jesus.

  • “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.” - Galatians 3:28-29.

Paul talks about how difficult it was to keep the Law and how that led us to Jesus.

  • “But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed.  Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.” – Galatians 3:23-24.

This is great news for believers! Because Jesus rose from the grave, we know that it is possible for us to be raised up also.

Philippians 3:20-21 says:

  • “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.”

While this is great news for Christians, it is not great news for Satan. Satan does not want us to put our faith in Jesus. Satan understands that putting our faith in Jesus is how we get to heaven, and Satan does not want that.

Satan is continuously looking for ways to devour us. 1 Peter 5:8 warns us:

  • “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

In his efforts to devour us, Satan will use whatever tactics are necessary. He will appeal to our pride, to our arrogance, and in some cases, to our ignorance, all to have us condemned to eternity in hell. Satan knows that he cannot win a fight against Jesus, so instead, he uses deception; just as he did in the Garden of Eden. In his attacks against our salvation, Satan will appeal to our egos, our lusts, our selfishness, and our pride. He will try to convince us that we can somehow earn our way into heaven. He knows that this is a path that leads to destruction and that pleases him. He will mix in truths among his lies to further conceal his motives.

One other way that Paul tries to teach the Galatians about salvation through faith, is by describing those who are, “Of the works of the Law” as being under a curse.

  • "For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the Law, to perform them.’” - Galatians 3:10.

Jesus Himself would be considered a curse under the Old Law.

  •  “If a man has committed a sin worthy of death and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, his corpse shall not hang all night on the tree, but you shall surely bury him on the same day (for he who is hanged is accursed of God), so that you do not defile your land which the Lord your God gives you as an inheritance.” – Deuteronomy 21:22-23.

Paul explains that salvation comes from confessing Jesus as our Lord and believing it in our hearts.

  • “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;” - Romans 10:9.

He does a great job of making it crystal clear that salvation comes from faith in Jesus, not by works. Through his inspired writing we can see just how amazing our Savior is.

While keeping the Law is something that NOBODY could do, having faith in Jesus is something that EVERYONE can do. The good news for us is that we can actively grow our faith by reading the Bible.

Romans 10:17 says:

  • “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.”

We will end today’s study by looking at the following scriptures about our Savior, Jesus.

Scriptures About Jesus the Savior

  • “For today in the city of David, there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” - Luke 2:11.

  • “It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” - 1 Timothy 1:15.

  • “From the descendants of this man, according to promise, God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus.” - Acts 13:23.



By the grace of God and the redeeming blood of His Son. Learning His commandments and then working to keep them is what we are called to do.


Amen . Thanks