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Faith Alone
Krista Williams
Today’s Reading: Galatians 3:1-14

Galatians 3:11 (NIV) “Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because ‘the righteous will live by faith.’”

Have you ever ruined something by adding to it? Like when you are cooking, and you add a spice that ruins the taste of the entire dish. Or when you are completely satisfied after a meal and then you have one more serving and you’re miserable. Or you add one more thing to your completely full schedule, and it results in stress for everyone.

In Paul’s day, there were people called Judaizers who were trying to add to the already perfect gospel of Jesus Christ. These Judaizers were compelling Gentile Christians to live by the Jewish law and in many cases be circumcised. Circumcision was an outward symbol that they were entering into the covenant of God’s people.

But Paul argues that Abraham was credited righteousness before the Law came and before Abraham and his descendants were circumcised. (Genesis 15:2-6; John 8:56; Romans 4:3; Romans 4:18-22) Abraham’s faith in the promise that the Messiah would be his heir was the basis of God declaring him righteous, proving neither the Law nor circumcision is greater than the promise. And just like Abraham, all who believe the truth about Jesus are counted righteous before God. Trusting God’s promises about Jesus is the only way for any of us to be made right with God.

For a people who had spent generations measuring their righteousness by works of the Law, this good news of Jesus was hard to embrace. The Judaizers, like so many Jews, wanted to be able to see, measure and qualify their holiness. To them, their traditions and rituals, like circumcision, earned their right standing before God.

Faith in our traditions, religious rituals and good works will never save us. In fact, Paul says that those who live this way are cursed. And if we deny we are justified by faith alone we nullify the work of Christ.

“Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because ‘the righteous will live by faith’” (Galatians 3:11).

The key verse makes Paul’s main point. This, according to Paul, is the essence of the gospel. Faith plus nothing equals salvation. For Abraham it was faith in the promise of God alone. For us, it is faith in the person of Jesus Christ, the fulfillment of all God’s promises.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, forgive me for the times I have been guilty of adding to Your perfect gospel. I’m so thankful that by faith alone in Jesus Christ I am made righteous before You and have been adopted as Your child. All praise and glory to Jesus. In Jesus’ name, amen.

More Moments: Paul is like a walking, talking and writing billboard for Jesus. If we see anything in his life and ministry, we see Jesus! Read More



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Read Galatians 3:1-14
My Moment: The Galatians were being bound by others trying to add to the perfected gospel by imposing Jewish tradition upon them. What do you let bind you?
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Do” vs. “Done”

Wendy Blight

Today’s Reading: Galatians 2

Galatians 2:15-16 (NIV) “We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.”

What I appreciate about this First 5 community is our diversity. We represent many cultures, countries and faith backgrounds. Yet, we are one family united by one common belief: Jesus is our Lord and Savior.

It wasn’t much different in Paul’s day. In the church at Antioch, we find people of different cultures and faith backgrounds: Jews and Gentiles (non-Jews) who believed in Jesus as their Lord and Savior. They should have been one happy family, but due to their diverse backgrounds, division arose.

Up to this point, everything was about following the Law. To earn favor and access to God, people had to “do.” They had to follow the Mosaic Law. Jews had to be circumcised. Now, Paul was teaching a radically different concept. Access to God now comes through faith in Jesus, not through the Law.

Controversy arose because some who had infiltrated the church believed that Paul, along with all of the other Gentiles, needed to be circumcised.

But, the conflict wasn’t really about circumcision, it was about Law versus faith and what makes us right with God – obedience to the Law or believing that Jesus died on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins.

According to God’s Word, our sin nature prevents us from being in an intimate relationship with Him because He is holy. But, God does not leave us without hope. Because of His mercy and grace, He supernaturally justifies us by our faith, meaning, He gives us right standing before Him when we believe in Jesus as our Savior. He declares our sin forgiven and moves our status from “guilty” to “not guilty.”

Most other religions, including Judaism, required men “do” something to gain access to their God or gods. This rings true even today. But, in Christianity, God has “done” that something for us. He sent Jesus to die for our sin. We need only say “yes” to what Jesus offers us on the cross. The moment we do, God justifies us – He forgives our sin and gives us right standing before Him.

Let’s dig a bit deeper into this topic of justification.

Justification is an act, not a process.

It’s instantaneous. When we say yes to Jesus, we receive immediate forgiveness and peace with God. It’s ours now and forever.

Justification is by God’s hand, not dependent on human effort.

When we confess our sin and put our faith in Jesus, Jesus takes our sin upon Himself. From that day forward, when God looks at us, He no longer sees our sin, He sees Jesus in us.

The law says “do.” Justification says “done.”

This is God’s glorious gift of grace.

No act, no ritual, no specific words make us worthy of this gift. It is only by God’s grace, in response to our faith, that God has credited Jesus’ righteousness to us. When God looks at us, He no longer sees our sin, He sees the holiness and perfection of Jesus.

Many in the church at Antioch were going back to salvation by obedience to the Law. Paul reminded them Christianity is not obedience to a set of rules and regulations, it is solely about faith in Jesus as their risen Lord and Savior.

Prayer: Father, thank You for no longer requiring us to offer sacrifices and perform rituals to be in right relationship with You. We are no longer bound by the Law because you sent Jesus to be the ultimate sacrifice. Because of Him, we are forgiven of our sin and stand in right relationship with You. Hallelujah! Today we celebrate Jesus and Your gift of grace. We praise You and thank You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

More Moments: Before Jesus came to earth, there was one law. The Mosaic Law. Read More



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First 5 Teaching

Read Galatians 2

My Moment: When it comes to right standing before God, it doesn’t matter how we grew up, whether we were churched or unchurched. We all need Jesus. The way to heaven is by faith and faith alone. Share your story. Did you grow up churched or unchurched? Where are you now in your faith journey


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"Men are what their mothers made them." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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