Galatians 3:5-14 – June 21
The Bible is basically a compilation of love letters from our Father in heaven, His loving words breathed onto each page. Over the next several months, as we study the letters of the Bible, Galatians through Jude, I pray that You will experience His eternal love in new ways and that it will transform you. These letters were written by Christians leaders, most of them by Paul, to establish and grow the Christian Church. For us, they are filled with love and gold nuggets on living a Christian life. Join along in our study by reading today’s scripture, journaling on it using SOAP, then sharing how God spoke to you today. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
Galatians 3:5-14 – Faith or Works of the Law
5 So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? 6 So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
7 Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. 8 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 rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
10 For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” 11 Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” 12 The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person 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 pole.” 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.
Holy Spirit | Dyea Rowland
This verse seems similar to verse 2. Believers receive the Holy Spirit, not because of what they do or what they heard, but because they trust Jesus. God makes all of this happen.
I am blessed through You; I a seed of Abraham have gained the Holy Spirit. I am justified by and through faith, but let me live a justified life and always read Your “true” Word.
Father, the bad news, I am a sinner; the good news, I am saved. Jesus, You redeemed and fulfilled Your promise of the receiving Your Spirit. I hate sin and want to reject it along with the false gospel of “works”, always. Living that justified life, I need Your help, to discern and turn away from sin. Fill me, Holy Spirit. In Your name, Jesus…Amen.
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