In our bible study on 16 April, we continued our study of Galatians. We looked at Chapter 3:1-5
Paul warned the Galatians about being led astray by strong personalities who were encouraging the Galatians to follow the Jewish law. Paul reminded the Galatians of the early days of their faith when the sacrifice of Jesus was very real to them. We were encouraged to keep the cross foremost in our lives and to avoid legalism.
The Galatians had started in the spirit and then were continuing in the flesh. We looked at how this can be a common stumbling point for many Christians and the importance of looking for God's guidance and anointing in all we do whether natural or spiritual tasks.
We also touched on the fact that the Holy Spirit is given, and miracles take place, because we believe and trust in God. That is by God's Grace and not as a consequence of our own human effort or attempts to earn favour with God.
Starting at Gal 3:6-28
This week we started by discussing the fact that faith alone saved Abraham, and that the principle of faith was in operation long before the giving of the law through Moses several hundred years later. Although faith was evident in the life of Abraham, it only came to its full fruition through the coming of the Messiah. We looked at the fact that Christ did not ask us to keep the law by observing festivals and events, but He asked that we remember His death. The church can sometimes become bound by tradition and laws, however, we can only be saved through faith, and through faith we have life. The Holy Spirit begins the work of sanctification in us who believe in Christ and this led us on to talk about how Christ works in us through the power of the Holy Spirit. We are totally dependant upon Him for salvation, baptism in the Holy Spirit, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and so much more. We finished by discussing Ch3 v28,
“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus”.
This fabulous verse highlights to us that there are no barriers in the spiritual world and the way of faith has been opened to everyone.