Bible Studies for Life
June 17 2018
Deuteronomy 5:32-33; Galatians 3:101219a 24-25 (CSB)
We live in an age of irony.
Technological advances of recent years provide access to a seemingly infinite amount of information – all just a few taps and clicks away.
Secular western wisdom points to advances in scientific understanding and a move away from the ball and chain of religion and divine authority as boons to human progress. But sin death and evil prevail in spite of these experts’ best attempts to remedy the world’s problems.
The fact of the matter is that we human beings can’t fix ourselves or the world in which we live. We need a Savior.
Scripture is clear that all the problems pain strife and suffering that exist in the world are products of one thing – turning from God. But thankfully God loves us so much that He provided a way for us to be restored. When we repent believe and follow Christ we are no longer slaves to the curse of sin but members of the kingdom of God.
One of the most amazing aspects of the way God saves sinners is that He does so without any regard to their own righteousness – because they have none. All who are saved are saved by grace not by works. Not one Christian can boast in himself or herself as all have fallen short of the mark. We are all in need of the same remedy and not one of us has earned it.
While the concept of salvation by grace through faith is a beautiful one it is also often misunderstood. But if we take time to study Galatians 3:10-25 we can gain much from the nuance that Paul sheds on the topic.
Paul explained to the Galatian church that the Old Testament law based on works was given as a temporary measure “our guardian until Christ so that we could be justified by faith” (Gal. 3:24).
No man or woman could ever live up to the law – the standard of God’s righteousness. But through repentance and faith in Christ Who fulfilled the law and the prophets we are made clean.