Galatians – Part 1

I’m reading Galatians right now and want to just note here some verses that impacted me and that I really need to “digest”.

And yet we know that we become right with God, not by doing what the law commands, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be accepted by God because of our faith in Christ – and not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be saved by obeying the law.

But what if we seek to be made right with God through faith in Christ and then find out that we are still sinners? Has Christ led us into sin? Of course not! Rather, I make myself guilty if I rebuild the old system I already tore down. For when I tried to keep the law, I realized I could never earn God’s approval. So I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ. I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. So I live my life in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not one of those who treats the grace of God as meaningless. For if we could be saved by keeping the law, then there was no need for Christ to die.

Galatians 2:16-21

  • It seems to not be a surprise to Paul if we try to be made right with God through faith, yet fail. He doesn’t seem to go too far into the idea, except to say it’s not Christ that led us to sin. He says we make ourselves guilty if we try to go back and be “right” by “works”.
  • The instruction in this passage is this: I need to live my life by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. And not disrespect grace.

That’s one of the hardest things for me to understand. Living under grace. Christ died for a purpose. To save me. To save each one of us who wants to be saved. His death accomplished something. And it did away with something.

I really want my behavior to reflect my understanding and appreciation of that. I just don’t think I “get” it yet. The impact of grace in my life should be evident, right?