[To the Galatians] …How did your new life begin? Was it by working your heads off to please God? Or was it by responding to God’s Message to you? (Galatians 3:2,3 The Message).
The Message: Galatians 3
In Your Bible: Galatians 3
Henrietta Mears, a Bible commentator, calls the letter to the Galatians, “The Christians’ Declaration of Independence.” Liberty is freedom from the Law. Believers have liberty in Christ.
The Galatian believers had been drawn back to Judaic Law instead of salvation through Christ. Paul admonished them. The Law was merely a tutor leading the believer to Christ. Faith in Jesus Christ alone is the start of what God wants.
Faith in Christ Verses the Law
The purpose of the law was to keep a sinful people in the way of salvation until Christ (the descendant) came, inheriting the promises and distributing them to us. Obviously this law was not a first hand encounter with God…But the original promise is the direct blessing of God, received by faith (Galatians 3:19,20 The Message).
Relationship and a Promise
Paul then encouraged these new believers as they had just started a new life.
But now you have arrived at your destination: By faith in Christ you are in direct relationship with God. Your baptism in Christ was not just washing you up for a fresh start. It also involved dressing you in an adult faith wardrobe–Christ’s life, the fulfillment of God’s original promise (Galatians 3:25-27 The Message).
Paul sums it up–all believers are liberated in Christ Jesus. Alleluia.
Prayer: Father, thank you for this challenging message to the Galatians. Your Word is alive and active today. Help me apply it to my own life.
Question: Do you grasp the enormity of the freedom believers now have? In this context of freedom, how does liberty affirm the Spirit’s function to guide and help set you free from legalism?
* Henrietts Mears, What the Bible is All About, Regal Books, Glendale, California, 1974, p 480.