Galatians 2:16 It Is Faith, Not Works, That Saves

know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified. Galatians 2:16

Every day people are doing good things to look good. They are trying to please someone else and often to cover their mistakes.

People put their trust in what they are doing and so they continue to strive to do more and more or to require more and more of themselves.

Paul points out that no one is justified by the law, but by faith in Jesus. Doing works of the law will not justify or save anyone.

In many Christian groups there are often a variety of things that people are expected to do or not do to be a believer. The focus of these rules are on the law, rather than on the relationship with God and others.

Individuals that are in groups like this, then often tend to do good things in order to please God, so that they may be saved. They want to ensure that they are saved. As this is done, they are not saved, but trusting in their own works, which will fail in the end.

Doing these good things does not make a person more or less saved. Only faith in Jesus will save a person. Once saved, a person does good works and obeys the law, because of God’s love for him and the salvation given to him.

The focus has changed from doing good things to be saved, to doing good things because one is saved.

The only way you can be saved from your sins, is by repentance and trusting in Jesus for your salvation. He provides salvation by faith and faith alone.

Do not allow yourself to be caught up in the ways of the world in trusting yourself to earn your salvation. It will not happen. Believe in what Jesus has done for you. Then, as a believer, choose to obey the law out of love for God and what Jesus has done for you.

God has great works for you to do, but not to be done for salvation, but out of love for God and for others.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will believe in what Jesus has done for you for your salvation; that you will obey the law out of love for God and others; and that you will know you are justified before God by faith in Jesus.

Revelation 15:3 Recognizing God’s Great Deeds

and sang the song of God’s servant Moses and of the Lamb: “Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the nations.” Revelation 15:3

All over the world there are people who have been recognized for what they have done. Inventions created, social work done, businesses started, products made, music, art, and more.

For some, whole museums are established to honor their work. For others, classes have been created to study their great works. The world is quick to recognize the works of a person, but often ignore God’s work.

In his vision, John sees all the believers, who had overcome the beast, singing and praising God. They sing about the great and marvelous deeds of God, confessing that His ways are true and just.

While most of the world rejects God and what He has done, those who have opened their spiritual eyes will be able to see what God has done. The very beginning of God’s great work can be seen in nature, the beautiful sunrises or landscapes and plants. The world sees nature as an act of random chance, while the believer sees God’s mighty hand of power at creation.

As the believer grows in his faith in God, he can begin to see how God works things in his own life. The peace that occurs during difficult times. The provision when there appears to be nothing left. The direction provided when there seems to be no way. The protection from the enemy’s attacks. The needed comfort during times of great sorrow.

And much more. Instead of ignoring these things in his life, the believer should sing God’s songs of praise. He should recognize God’s great and marvelous hand at work in his life. This does not need to wait until one gets to heaven, but can start today.

Take some time to see what God is doing or has already done in your life. As you begin to see God’s hand in everything, you will be amazed at how great God is. God is always faithful and just in what He does.

Now take time to sing praise to God for what He has done in your life. Along with praising God, be willing to tell others about all the marvelous deeds God has done. Doing these things will give God praise and fill your heart with joy.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will open your spiritual eyes to see His hand at work; that you will recognize all the things God has done and is doing in your life; that you will praise God for His great deeds; and that you will be a witness of He works to others.

Galatians 4:17 People Up To No Good

Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you from us, so that you may have zeal for them. Galatians 4:17

Most people want everyone else to be on their side. They do not want to be set apart as different and become isolated.

In order to gain everyone’s approval, they will either change their ways to fit in with everyone else, or they will have extreme zeal to get everyone to change to their ways. More often they are fighting to get everyone else to change. Very few people want to change themselves.

After describing some people who were zealous for following the law of God, but not the Spirit of God, Paul says that those people are zealous to win the believers over. They want to separate them from true believers in God to have zeal for them and their ways.

Throughout the church there are many people who focus upon the legal laws of God. They focus on what they should do or not do and impose those laws upon others legalistically. Focus is put on how to dress, what can be done and not done, how much they pray or read the Bible, what day they go to church and many more laws, rather than the heart of service to God and for God.

Jesus had not come to enforce more legal laws upon the people, but to change the heart to love God and want to serve and obey Him. He had fulfilled the law of God, so that anyone who had faith in Him could be saved.

Stepping back into focusing on the law, destroys what Jesus did on the cross. Every believer must have salvation by faith in Jesus, not by following the law.

There will be some who will tell you what you can and cannot do in order to be saved. Doing or not doing things does not save you. Salvation is only by belief in the work of Jesus.

The works that you do are to be done out of love and thankfulness of what Jesus has already done for you. Do not allow yourself to be caught up in the zeal of following the law and separating yourself from a true follow of Jesus.

Be zealous for believing Jesus and following Jesus. Be zealous to obey God because of what He has done.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have faith in what Jesus did for you; that you will serve God out of love for what He has done; that you will be zealous for a relationship with God; and that God will keep you from being led astray.

Galatians 3:9 Do You Rely On Faith?

So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. Galatians 3:9

Everyone has at least some faith in something. Most people have faith in a chair, that when they sit down on it, it will hold them correctly. Very few will test the chair each and every time to determine if it will be safe to sit upon it.

The more someone uses something, the more faith he will have in it. The things someone has never tried before weakens his faith in it. He questions its reliability, until he has tried and proven it.

Paul begins talking to the Galatians about the difference of faith and works. Relying upon faith will cause one to be blessed as Abraham was.

Faith is trusting in something that cannot be directly seen. One can see a chair, but until he sits in it, he cannot know for fact that it will hold him. He has to have trust (faith) that it will hold him. If he puts extra supports on the chair prior to trying it out, he does not have faith in the chair.

Many people claim to have faith in Jesus, but then work hard to gain God’s support. They do many good works to look good to God. They focus on the do and don’t of the law, rather than the relationship and faith in what Jesus did. They immediately condemn themselves when they slip up and sin, rather than trusting Jesus and repenting.

Jesus promised forgiveness of all sins when one would repent. He promised to give the believer life, eternal life, just by believing in Him and obeying Him.

Those who rely upon their faith in Jesus and what He did will be forgiven and saved for eternity. It does not take anything else.

Ask yourself what are you relying upon for your salvation. Are you working hard to gain God’s approval? Or are you trusting in what Jesus did?

Trust in Jesus, have faith in Him and then step out in obedience to what God has said to do. Your faith will save you. Your obedience and works show that you have faith and trust Him.

One way is believing in self and works, while the other is relying on faith in what Jesus did and proving your faith. Are you being blessed as Abraham was?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have faith in what Jesus did and promised; that you will rely upon faith in Jesus; and that you will know the blessings of having faith in Jesus.