Not the Law but Faith

Galatians 3:22-29, 4:1-11

Continuing in the same vein as the previous passage, Paul explains the difference between living under the law and living by faith. Before Christ was revealed to the world, God made the law to appoint a guardian for his children. The law was ever present and the Israelites lived in fear of the law, of breaking it, for they feared the consequences. They were slaves to the law and the law was like a tough master. When Christ was born at the appointed time, he set free not only the Israelites but everyone whom God has called, whom God has known, from the bondage of the law.

Where we once feared the law and followed it because we were afraid of the consequences of not doing so, we are now "clothed with Christ, having received the baptism in faith" (ch 3:27), and therefore averse to sin by nature. We refrain from sinning because we have Christ in us, not because we fear a law. That is the difference between a slave and a child and we are called to be God's children, Abraham's seed, the heirs of the promise. 

The Galatians had obviously strayed from their faith and gone back to being slaves of some false gospel. Paul is anguished by their change of heart and tries to reason with them. The Corinthians and Galatians were both anointed by the Holy Spirit and had been believers when Paul first ministered among them but at some point in time both churches drifted from the truth. In contrast, look at Paul and the other apostles. They held firmly to their faith. 

Are we like the Galatians and Corinthians? Are we slaves to some false doctrine? Or, like the apostles, are we clothed with Christ?   

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