Tuesday, November 5

It’s all His grace!

Scripture: Job 28-29, Galatians 1-2

Galatians 2:19–21 “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”

Observation

Paul wrote to the Galatians to correct the error that one must keep the Jewish law (including circumcision) in order to be saved.  Paul insists that we are saved by the grace of Jesus, not our efforts to keep the Jewish law.  

In fact, he says, we died to the law so that we can live for God.  Rather than trying to keep the law, we are dead to it so we can live for God.  And then he describes this new life for God.  

We have been crucified with Christ, and now Christ lives in us.  We live by faith in Jesus.  In other words, we live in relationship with Jesus—listening to Him, obeying Him, trusting Him.  We aren’t following a set of rules (the Law); we are following a person, Jesus.  He lives in us; we live in Him and for Him.

Any attempt to earn our salvation is a denial of the grace of God.  Paul finishes with this striking truth: if we could earn our salvation, then Jesus died for nothing!

Application

Ask people if they are going to heaven, and many will say, “I hope so.”  They hope they are good enough.  But that is the Galatian error—to think that I can somehow earn my way by keeping the rules, being good enough.  The good news is that it’s not about your goodness, but God’s!  It’s not about what you do for Him, but what He’s done for you!  It’s all His grace, not my works.  

So my focus isn’t on the rules; it’s on Jesus.  I want to know Him, listen to Him, trust Him, follow Him, obey Him.  When I understand His grace, I’m filled with gratitude!  And I want to be as close to Him as I can be.  

I think of the Gadarene demoniac in Mark 5.  After Jesus healed him, he begged Jesus to go with Him.  He was so grateful that he wanted to stay as close to Jesus as possible.  That’s me.

Prayer: Lord, I’m so grateful for your amazing grace.  I want to be close to You.  I know You live in me; help me live in You!