BY FAITH OR BY THE WORKS OF THE LAW???
Imagine this scenario; you are in front of God and before you are two plates from which has lists of things you have to do to be justified. The first plate contains an endless list of things- endless being the key word here. Millions and millions of things to do. On the second plate there’s just a single thing to be done. Then you are asked to pick between the two plates. Natural instincts would kick in and you’d probably choose the plate with the single thing to be done which of course is the easiest thing to do. Now look at the first plate as a plate filled with the works of the law and the second plate as a plate with just Faith. Theoretically, we’d choose faith but in reality, a lot of us have missed this and we go chasing after the works of the law to be justified, which is, in all honesty- IMPOSSIBLE.
This evening I was about to read my bible and I asked God for understanding in His word and so I continued in my chapter for today, chapter three of the book of Galatians (Gal 3:1-29). It’s funny how Paul started this chapter by calling the Galatians foolish. Seriously Brother Paul? Then I read on and on and on. It appeared to me that the Galatians were trying to feel justified through the works of the law- the same law which Christ came to free us from. Starting from salvation, we didn’t gain it by doing the works of the law, it was a gift. A free gift from God received by hearing with faith. We had to believe in Jesus, that He came, died and resurrected on the third day. That’s when we got saved. How then is it possible to be saved through faith and be justified through the works of the law?
Remember the bible says “cursed be anyone who does not confirm the words of the law by doing them” (deut 27:26 ESV). Let’s hold on a second there and do a little quiz.
Question: how many laws are there in the bible?
Smiles** I’m pretty sure 99% of people reading this don’t know the answer to that question. So if we can’t even remember the number of laws written in the bible, how then is it possible to keep all of them?
Now let’s go back to the held thought. The bible tells us that anybody that does not abide by all things written in the book of the law is cursed and we all know it’s impossible to live by all the laws written, then where does that leave us? Cursed? How then can we be justified before God?
If we can’t be justified through the works of the law, then there has to be another way right? This is where Jesus Christ comes to our aid. He came to make things better and easier for us. He came to redeem us by dying on the cross- becoming cursed in the process for us because the bible clearly states that every man that hangs on a tree is cursed. (Deut 21:23b). Jesus did this, became a curse for us and all we have to do is just believe and have faith in Christ and voila! We are justified. That easy!!! We don’t have to work for it cos honestly we can’t.
If you’re still with me at this point then I guess why you would understand why Paul called the Galatians foolish. I mean after all these some people would still think they are justified through the works of the law?? SMH big time. Anybody who still relies on the works of the law for justification is under a curse. I didn’t say that, the bible did
“for all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse for it is written, ‘cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them’ (Gal 3:10) ESV”
And we already established earlier how it is impossible to be justified by doing the works of the law so if you still think doing the things in the law justifies you before God, you are wrong and wasting your time. Sorry.
“Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for ‘the righteous shall live by faith’ (Gal 3:11) ESV”
We were justified the minute we believed in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross. Period.
We are justified and made righteous through Christ as long as we keep believing that and having faith in Him after all the bible says the righteous shall live by faith.
Does this then mean the works of the law are bad? Nope. They were given to us to guard us till Jesus came to finish the work of justification.
“so then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith (Gal 3:24) ESV”
Jesus came, redeemed us from the law, and we are made righteous and holy before God. Isn’t that amazing? We don’t have to work for it because that would lead to being self righteous and we all know our righteousness is like a filthy rag before God. Believe in God, believe in His Son and you’re covered. Promise.
I pray that God gives us the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. Having the eyes of our hearts enlightened that we may know the hope to which He has called us and the riches of His glorious inheritance in us. Amen!
Chapter three of ‘FORGOTTEN’ would be up very soon. Have a lovely day ahead of you… God bless