Today you should read: Galatians 3:1-14
In Genesis 3:1-7, we observe the conversation between Eve and Satan. Satan was successful in getting Eve to believe in two things. First, God is holding out on you. He taught her that trusting God was holding her back and that if she would take matters into her own hands she would be happier. Second, if she would disobey God and eat the fruit she could be like God and have it all right now. This led to the main sin issue of Pride that we all struggle with. We want to be God and we want to make our own way.
Paul is discussing this issue of pride in today’s passage. The Galatians are being tempted by false teachers to turn to religious work for their salvation instead of having faith in the work that Jesus did on the cross. Paul is pleading for them to see that it was their faith in Jesus that saved them and made them new, not the law or their works. Why would anyone put aside their trust in the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ for the duty of religious law? Wouldn’t grace be more attractive? We do not have to earn grace but it is given freely.
The issue comes down to trusting God verses trusting in yourself. Trusting God is putting your hope in Christ and trusting that his work was good enough. Trusting God means living for the life to come and hoping in eternity. To trustourselves means being God of our own lives and living for this life. If we are in control then we get to gain what we want. Paul’s argument is very clear and summed up in v. 10 & 11, the righteous live by faith and those who trust in the law are cursed.
So where do you place your trust? What do you live for?
Posted by: Chad Wiles