Today you should read: Galatians 3:1-14
Up to this point in Galatians, we have seen that there is some theological trouble with the church and it is still what Paul is dealing with in our passage today. Paul, in our passage, is showing the Galatians that righteousness comes by faith, not by works. At some point, there must have been some false teachers that persuaded the Galatians that the only way to obtain righteousness was by good works.
If I can be honest, don’t many of us think this way? Even if we know that righteousness comes by faith, there are often times where we think, “God will like me more if I do this” or “God doesn’t like me because of what I have done”. That could not be any further from the truth. God’s love is unconditional; it does not change based upon how good or bad we have been lately. Paul could say to us, “O foolish Christians!”
And so, we need to be thankful that righteousness comes by faith and not by keeping the works of the law. Paul provides us with a great example of righteousness by faith: Abraham. In the Old Covenant, God’s people were to keep the Law. The problem is that nobody could keep the Law perfectly (v. 10). So Abraham was not righteous because he kept the law; instead he was righteous because he listened and obeyed God. For us then, righteousness comes through faith in Jesus (v. 13).
Today, if you have a relationship with Jesus, be reminded that you are righteous because of Jesus Christ. God does not love you any more or any less because of the things you do. Instead, when He sees you, He sees you clean because you have been covered by the blood of Jesus.
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Apprentice
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