JESUS = ALL WE NEED: Galatians 3:1-14

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SCRIPTURE 

Galatians 3:1-14 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Did you suffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith— just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”?

Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

10 For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” 11 Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” 12 But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.

BIG IDEA 

In Galatians 3:1-14, Paul is helping these churches see that they became Christians through faith in Jesus and continue to grow as Christians through looking to and trusting Him, not their own works. The same is true for us. We are not saved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus, and then graduate to trying very hard to be good so that God will keep loving us. We are to live moment by moment depending on Jesus alone to justify and sanctify us, knowing that we are acceptable to God through faith in Jesus alone. So what does this mean for us? It means all we need for the future is not found in our human-effort to perfect or finish ourselves. Rather, all we need for the future is found in continual faith in Jesus and His work to perfect us by His finished work on the cross. God “will bring to completion the good work that he began in [us]” (Philippians 1:6). In addition, it means all we need for today is not found in our “living by” or “relying on” our works and achievements. If we live by or rely on anything other than Jesus for our fulfillment and happiness, we are under a curse—“Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them” (Galatians 3:10). But If we live by and rely on Jesus and faith in what He’s done, we are blessed with being counted righteous and with the presence and power of God the Holy Spirit. But how did Jesus become all we need? He became all we need by becoming all that we were—a sinner under a curse. “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us” (Galatians 3:14). He became our perfection by taking on Himself all of our imperfections and dying in our place; He became the One who gives us the blessing, by becoming a curse for us on the cross.

DISCUSSION 

1. Was there anything from the sermon, the big idea, or Galatians 3:1-14 that stood out to you, challenged you, or confused you?

In Galatians 3:1-14, Paul is helping these churches see that they became Christians through faith in Jesus and continue to grow as Christians through looking to and trusting Him, not their own works.

2. How does Paul make this point in verse 1-6? What are the answers to Paul’s questions in verses 1-6?

All we need for the future is not found in our human-effort to perfect or finish ourselves. Rather, all we need for the future is found in continual faith in Jesus and His work to perfect us by His finished work on the cross. God “will bring to completion the good work that he began in [us]” (Philippians 1:6).

3. What are some ways that those in our culture try and “perfect” or “finish” themselves through their own effort? What about you, personally? How is the fact that Jesus is all we need for the future giving you hope and joy?

All we need for today is not found in our “living by” or “relying on” our works and achievements…But If we live by and rely on Jesus and faith in what He’s done, we are blessed with being counted righteous and with the presence and power of God the Holy Spirit.

4. What does living by, or relying on, the law lead to? Why is this, do you think?

10 For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.”

5. If verse 10 is true, how can God count us as righteous without being unjust (v 13)? What does trusting in this give us? Why is this exciting?

GOOD WORD 

Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. – 1 Peter 1:13

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