- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Galatians 3
Faith and the Law of Moses.
“Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith?”
Apostle Paul set an example of Abraham to explain faith and the law of Moses and to prove justification by faith not by works, how he was called righteous before God, and how he became a father of all, both Jews and Gentiles.
Abraham was righteousness of God by his faith when he believed the promise God gave (Genesis 15:1-6). Abraham, representing faith, came first before Moses, representing the law that came 430 years later. Therefore, Jews and Gentiles became the offspring of Abraham by faith. The point that Apostle Paul made is this, therefore, Gentiles are included in the salvation of God by faith, not by observing Jewish law.
“Why then the law?”
Apostle Paul answered this question with crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The law is not for salvation of sinners. But the law is for cursing the sin. Jesus Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by his death on the cross to set us free from the curse. The role of the law is like dream teacher/custodian to edify us until Christ came. The chronological understanding of these three is like this. Faith came first, then the law, and Christ fulfilled the law. In Christ and by faith, we become the children of God.
Therefore, Jews and Gentiles, slave and free, male and female are one in Christ, heirs of Abrahams’ promise.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.