Galatians 3:18 A Promised Inheritance

“For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on the promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.” Galatians 3:18

Abraham had lived about 430 years before Moses gave the Law of God to the people of Israel. He was promised by God to have many descendants. Since this promise was before the Law was given, it is not dependent upon fulfilling the Law’s requirements. Abraham did not have to earn the promise. All he had to do was believe God would fulfill the promise.

When God gave Abraham the promise, he was very old and beyond the normal age of having children. There was nothing in the normal that Abraham could do on his own to make the promise come about. He had to have faith in God to make it happen.

There are believers today who are trying to earn their salvation. They want to be good enough for God to save them from their sins. They want to prove to God that they are worth it. They go to church every week, read their Bible daily, and stay away from all the “bad” sins. They appear to be good believing Christians.

The challenge comes in the heart. They are trying to earn their inheritance of salvation. Salvation comes from belief in Jesus, faith in God. It is accepting the promise of God. Repenting of your sins and trusting in the death and resurrection of Jesus is was saves you. It is not what you do or how well you do it.

God’s grace is so great that it will work through your faith to bring about salvation. You will still mess up and sin. You will make wrong choices and stray off the path God has for you at times. Yet, God’s grace is great enough to bring you back into correct standing with Him. In His grace He will forgive all sins. In His grace He will save you.

Are you trusting in your good works to save you or to put you in favor with God?

Or are you trusting in the love and grace of Jesus and God the Father? Are you trusting the promise that Jesus made?

I pray today that you will know the promises of God for your life; that you will trust in the promises of God; that you will not try to earn your salvation; and that you will live in the grace God has given you.


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