3 You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. 2 I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? 3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? 4 Have you experienced so much in vain—if it really was in vain? 5 So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? 6 So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” 7 Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. 8 Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.”[d] 9 So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
Paul is seriously fired up in this passage! I
can just imagine him reading a letter from his baby Christians in Galatia (they
were writing to him about the new teaching they’d received about keeping the
Jewish law – particularly circumcision – as the way to get right with God)
and saying “NO NO NO…WHAT ARE YOU DOING? SALVATION IS BY FAITH – IT’S ALWAYS
BEEN BY FAITH. NOT BY WORKS!”
How fired up do I get about this amazing gift of a new life in Jesus, that is possible only by faith? How desperately do I share the gospel with my friends?
Because they’ll die if I don’t.
Their kids and their families will perish if no one tells them. Will I get fired up enough with love for them to tell them? Will I get up earlier than normal with the express purpose to pray and beg God that he will open a door for me to speak to them? Will I do whatever it takes to help them say yes to Jesus in faith?
Lord, I beg you – please open a door for me today, to share the gospel with someone, open their hearts to receive the words and believe, and open my mouth with the courage to speak! Amen
Written by Boudy Van Noppen