from the Galatians reading plan
Galatians 3:1-14 | Romans 10:17 | Genesis 15:1-6 | Romans 4:18-25
Paul uses strong language to the Galatians, calling them “bewitched” and “foolish.” He’s astounded that they were depending “the works of the law” and not on faith for salvation and sanctification. These admonishments still ring true, even after two centuries, because we too can become “bewitched” by the seductive temptation towards works. Salvation by faith seems too easy, particularly in a country where hard work and ambition are highly valued.
As he seeks to correct their thinking, Paul uses the example of Abraham, who believed what God told him even though it seemed impossible. When we believe in Jesus for our salvation, we, too, are counted as righteous, just like Abraham.
Why is it so easy to fall into the trap of believing that we have to “do” something to be counted as righteous before God? How can you be encouraged by Gal. 3-5?
God promised that Abraham would be a blessing to all nations. If you are a believer, you are part of that promised blessing! Who in your life has been a blessing to you? How have you been able to be a blessing to other people?