Galatians 4. Forum Discussion

Paul repeatedly tells the Galatians that blessings are received by faith, not by the Law. His thoughts in Galatians also remind me of his thoughts in the book of Romans. This is not surprising, as Paul wrote both letters just a few years apart. Most scholars agree that Galatians was written in the late 40’s to early 50’s AD and Romans just a few years later in approximately 57 AD.

Let’s examine a few key scriptures from Paul that remind us that we are all sinners and why we all need God’s grace and mercy:

  1. There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one.” – Romans 3:10-12
  2. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. ” - Romans 3:23

EVERYONE is a sinner. If we are "justified" it is only through God's grace, as a gift. Grace = unmerited favor or receiving something that you have not earned. There is an “1,2,3” pattern that is helpful when trying to understand the relationship between our fleshly bodies, our sins, and almighty God.

  1. The law was "the rules" for those under the Law. Nobody could keep them. At least not perfectly.
  2. Faith is belief in things unseen. The substance of things hoped for. We obtain faith by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). If you want to increase your faith, keep reading and studying the Bible.
  3. Works are the ultimate manifestation of one's faith. Works with respect to God come about when we believe so much in Him that we put our faith into action. God is well pleased when we turn our faith in Him into righteous actions. James 2:17, "Faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself."

It is my prayer that you will allow yourself to be inspired by the reading of God's word. That you might keep reading God's word, thereby increasing your faith. And that you will have the courage to put your faith into action. There is no limit to where God's grace can take you.

Amen

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"How is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again?" - This scripture rings true for me and for most people I suspect. We know what to do, but we don't always do it. That is why under the Law, there were so many necessary sacrifices. Fortunately for us, Christ paid it "Once, for all" - and our sins are covered by His redeeming blood. We still must try to become more and more like Christ, and walk more and more in the Spirit as opposed to the flesh.

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