Summary: sermon 3 in Galatians series
The Gospel of Grace continues…
You are saved by grace through faith
By faith we accept Jesus death on the Cross (Galatians 3:1)
By faith we receive the Spirit (Galatians 3:2)
You grow by grace through faith (Galatians 3:3-25)
By grace through faith we receive blessings (Galatians 3:6-14)
By grace through faith we are freed from the Law (Galatians 3:15-20, 23-25)
By grace through faith we gain righteousness (Galatians 3:21-22)
I hope over these last couple of weeks, you have been seeing that grace is more than just a prayer you say before dinner. Grace in its ultimate form is God giving us heaven when we deserve hell.
Slide 1 But grace is more than that too. It is God desiring and working to be part of our life every day even though we often don’t listen to Him or follow His ways.
I hope that this is something that you’re seeing as we have been going through Galatians.
We are continuing on today on our look at the letter to the Galatians.
We have seen
That the gospel is a message of Grace.
What the gospel of grace is not in its offer of salvation.
It is not
Just spiritual or physical
Today we are going to be looking at how the gospel of grace continues to work in our life after salvation.
We are going to be reading Galatians 3:1-25 (p. 824-825)
Slide 2 3:1 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 observing the law, or by believing what you heard? 3 Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort? 4 Have you suffered so much for nothing-if it really was for nothing? 5 Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard?
6 Consider Abraham: "He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness." 7 Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham. 8 The 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." 9 So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
10 All 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." 11 Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, "The righteous will live by faith." 12 The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, "The man who does these things will live by them." 13 Christ 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." 14 He 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.
15 Brothers, let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case. 16 The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. The Scripture does not say "and to seeds," meaning many people, but "and to your seed," meaning one person, who is Christ. 17 What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise. 18 For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on a promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.
19 What, then, was the purpose of the law? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was put into effect through angels by a mediator. 20 A mediator, however, does not represent just one party; but God is one.
21 Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. 22 But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.
23 Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed. 24 So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. 25 Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law.