Grace Under Fire (Galatians 3:1-14)

WW2015-wk4“Pride is the mother hen under which all other sins are hatched.” -C. S. Lewis

As we dive into God’s Word, specifically Galatians 3:1-14, Paul begins our reading with a very stern appeal to his brothers and sisters in Christ. Paul is being very blunt here as he opens up with calling the Galatians “foolish”.  Following up this statement, Paul pleads with them in trying to solve the “why”. They have become so spell-blinded by the Judaizers. Paul is clearly frustrated with the Galatians and tries to reiterate to them in a form of rhetorical questions in verses 2-5.  It is clear to him they have been deceived by those who wish to undo his teachings in Christ.  As Paul pleads with them as to why would they need to follow a law that has been fulfilled by the blood of the one true living God? It is abundantly clear that the Galatians have traded their teachings for what I could only consider is a “get righteous scam”.  They are so eager to give up on what has already been done, yet to only replacing it with “what I can do”.  How much of the same are we who have done the very same thing, yet with our own lives?  How much different are we than these Galatians?  How is dealing with grace, given freely, so easy to obtain yet we cloud up the waters with thinking that we must have more control ourselves in trying to obtain God’s favor in our salvation?! It’s almost as if we are trying to redefine the wheel, which clearly needs no redefining at all! As Paul explains to them yet again that Abraham was granted righteousness with God clearly because of his faith in God (Genesis 15:6). The same righteousness is clearly given to the Gentiles in the same manner it was given to Abraham (v. 8 cited from Gen. 12:3). For the law cannot justify. It can only bring judgment.  Therefore, grace is superior to the law (Max Anders)! Paul goes on to quote Habakkuk 2:4 to further demonstrate his case that “the righteous will live by faith”. This very truth exists so that we may know that we are justified by faith in God and not by any obedience to the law. If we are to truly take heed to God’s word and accept the fact that we have truly been redeemed by the only one who would redeem us, then we must also be willing to live by His grace. Christ redeemed us on the cross for two purposes. First, He redeemed us so that the blessing given to Abraham of salvation through faith might come to the Gentiles. Secondly, He redeemed us by faith so that the promise of the Holy Spirit could be given to all who believe (Anders 1999). We must be willing to accept the fact we are all sinners, and that we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23). This short coming should only cause us to seek repentance and to live by faith that God, not us, is in control. Salvation comes from Him, so we must allow the Spirit to do its work in us.  This week I want you to consider this as you focus on your life.

  1. Who is the author of Salvation?
  2. How can I grow in this free grace?

This week’s devotional was written by JR Rouse. His heart is in the pastorate and is attending Capital Seminary and Graduate School to pursue a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Studies.

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