(1-9) By Faith, or by Works of the Law?
We should not seek to be perfected and made more like Christ by keeping the law. It is by faith that we are saved. It is by faith that the Holy Spirit lives in us and works through us. It is by faith that God works miracles among us and perfects us. It is by faith that we are justified and blessed as sons and daughters of Abraham.
(10-14) The Righteous Shall Live by Faith
Christ was cursed for us so that we could be redeemed. There is no one who can perfectly keep the law of God; therefore, there is no one who can escape the curse of sin and gain salvation on their own. Only by faith can we be made righteous.
(15-29) The Law and the Promise
The promises that God made to Abraham so many long years ago remain intact to this day. Abraham becomes the father of all those who believe and trust in the same promises that God made to him. Those promises have not been annulled and cannot be annulled, not even by the law. The law was not given to save us. It was given to show us our sin and help us realize our need for a Savior. The law does not contradict Christ and His promises. It is meant to lead us to Christ. The law imprisons us under sin, but Christ sets us free by faith. This faith makes us His sons and daughters, which also makes us Abraham’s offspring. All believers become one family, regardless of our earthly backgrounds.
Favorite verse: (28) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.