As born again believers, we are inundated with messages and sermons, and as we discussed in the last issue, it is extremely important to discern which tree we are sitting under, receiving, and eating from. The apostle Paul made the poignant appeal to the Galatians, who were mixing covenants from the old covenant (Law) and the new covenant (Grace and Truth).
Paul pens it in Galatians 3:1-7
O you foolish and thoughtless and superficial Galatians, who has bewitched you that you would act like this, to whom—right before your very eyes—Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified in the gospel message?
This is all I want to ask of you: did you receive the Holy Spirit as the result of obeying the requirements of the Law, or was it the result of hearing the message of salvation and with faith believing it? Are you so foolish and senseless? Having begun your new life by faith with the Spirit, are you now being perfected and reaching spiritual maturity by the flesh that is, by your own works and efforts to keep the Law? Have you suffered so many things and experienced so much all for nothing—if indeed it was all for nothing? So then, does He who supplies you with His marvelous Holy Spirit and works miracles among you, do it as a result of the works of the Law which you perform, or because you believe confidently in the message which you heard with faith? Just as Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness, as conformity to God’s will and purpose—so it is with you also. So understand that it is the people who live by faith with confidence in the power and goodness of God who are the true sons of Abraham.
Living under the Old Covenant, it was based on man’s self sufficiency, self righteousness, do good get good, and do bad get bad. Living under the New Covenant, it IS God justifying the ungodly, imputing righteousness to us by faith in Jesus and His finished work on the cross for us, and because of Jesus’ finished work the blessings of the righteous are accorded to us. The Galatians received the Gospel of Christ, yet were still trying to live under the demands of the Law. The Law doesn’t justify. It condemns. Grace and Truth imputes righteousness to you. Grace supplies.
How are you and I applying this as our present day truth? Read tomorrow’s post to find out how I did.