Devotional – Galatians 3

Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Did you suffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith…

In this chapter Paul is continuing his discussion on how we are justified before God, that it is not by works of the law (meaning if we obey the law God will be pleased with us and save us) but by faith; more specifically faith in Christ who died for our sins so that we might have life in him. But notice in verse 3 here Paul makes a statement that extends his thoughts beyond justification to our sanctification. He says, “Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh.” You see, many Christians believe that their salvation (justification) is by grace through faith and not by works, but those same Christians believe that their sanctification (being made holy day by day) is a result of their obedience to the law. They believe that once God has saved them that it is up to them to keep themselves saved through the obedience to the laws of God. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Your holiness does not come through your obedience to the law, it comes because you constantly look to Christ by faith. You can no more perfect yourself than you could save yourself. The perfecting work of Christ in your life is by the grace of God through faith. This does not mean we don’t strive, but our striving is prompted, promoted and perpetuated by the Spirit working in our lives. So trust in Christ today, not just for your salvation, but also for your sanctification and know that any and all good you do is because of God’s grace working in your life.

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