Summary: Paul demonstrates from Scripture that salvation is by faith not law. It is impressive when you consider Paul is using only the Old Testament Scriptures of Geneses, Leviticus, Deuteronomy and Habakkuk to establish that salvation is by faith.
A prominent Theologian was once asked, what is the deepest Theological truth you have ever come to understand. His response was, “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” The beloved children’s song reveals deep theological truth. Jesus loves me, and I know this because the Bible tells me so. The Bible is the authority of our faith.
We should not take lightly that the Bible is God’s Word. The Bible has God for its author. There are many human authors with diverse personalities and different writing styles, but God supernaturally directed each writer, diverse as they were, to record His message with perfect accuracy from Moses writing of Geneses to John the beloved disciple writing of Revelation.
When the Ten Commandments were given, the voice of God was heard. The Mountain shook and there was fear of God in the people. The stone tablets were inscribed by the finger of God. Yet all of the Bible is no less authoritative for us even though God was using human writers with their own unique writing styles.
In these verses, Galatians 3:6-14 Paul is making his case for salvation by faith. He put forth a living faith, not a salvation based on law or works. He has already appealed to experience to underscore this in Galatians 3:1-5 asking them to think back to what happened.
Personal testimonies are powerful. But experience is a valid argument for truth only as it fits in the parameters of God’s revealed truth in Scripture. Paul underscores their experience by demonstrating that it is in line with Scripture.
Paul demonstrates from Scripture that salvation is by faith not law. It is impressive when you consider Paul is using only the Old Testament Scriptures of Geneses, Leviticus, Deuteronomy and Habakkuk to establish that salvation is by faith and not by merit and good deeds or following the law.
Consider Abraham: “He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” 7Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham. 8The 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.” 9So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
10All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” 11Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, “The righteous will live by faith.” 12The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, “The man who does these things will live by them.” 13Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” 14He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.