Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before
whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law,
or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are
ye now made perfect by the flesh? (Galatians 3:1-3).
As you study
the entire book of Galatians, you’d understand why Paul made the statement
above, chiding the Galatian Christians: they had strayed from the message of
the Gospel, the Word of faith, which they had received. Some false teachers
came, teaching them that they had to obey the Law to be justified; as a result,
their faith began to waver. Decrying their deviation from the message of faith,
Paul asked them, “…having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the
them to remember how they received the Holy Spirit; it wasn’t through obedience
to the Law, but by faith. The salvation they had received didn’t happen by
keeping the Law: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of
yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast”
(Ephesians 2:8-9). Your righteousness and right-standing with God aren’t the
results of your good works; they’re by the faith of Christ, the result of what
2:16 says, “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by
the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might
be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by
the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” The righteousness, which is
by faith, doesn’t rely on the works of the Law, but on faith in the God that
justifies the ungodly (Romans 4:5).
you received eternal life, and the Holy Spirit to live in you. By faith, the
righteousness of God was imparted to your spirit. Therefore, continue in faith,
grounded and settled, and refuse to be moved away from the hope of the Gospel,
which you’ve heard (Colossians 1:23).