Freedom: A Study in Galatians

Freedom: A Study in Galatians

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What does it say?

Paul assured the Galatian Christians that they had been saved by God’s grace, not by how carefully they held to the Law of Moses. Jesus Himself revealed the gospel to Paul.

What does it mean?

For about 1500 years, God’s people measured their morality in terms of how well they adhered to the Law of Moses. However, no one was able to obey every detail of the law fully. The intent of the law was to teach God’s people about Him and His holiness so they could reflect Him and His holiness in all areas of their lives. Paul tried to help them understand that God’s forgiveness wasn’t based on their performance; it came through His Son, Jesus, who took the punishment for their sins. However, many Christians with a Jewish background kept looking for ways to be justified by obeying the law.

How should I respond?

Even today, we might think we can please God if we’re just good enough. The Bible tells us, however, that we all fall short of God’s standard (Jer. 17:9; Rom 3:23). If you are a follower of Christ, spend a few minutes thanking God for the love and forgiveness that Jesus showed on the cross when He took away God’s anger toward your sin. Learning to abound in thankfulness rather than drown in guilt will help you to have the right perspective on your relationship with God. Think of the good things you do as acts of gratitude to the God who already accepts you because you received His Son.

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Freedom: A Study in Galatians

Galatians was written as a strong rebuke of false teaching that infiltrated the churches in Galatia. Paul’s central argument reaffirms the foundation of the gospel: “a person is not justified by works of the law but thro...

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