Message in the Galatians (4)

The Good News apart from human effort.

The message Paul summarized in verses 3 and 4, in the previous blog, was for him such good news that he abruptly ends his description of it by “Amen.” By this Paul stated, ‘it is so,’ ‘it will be so forever’; so, he made it the core of his letter to the Galatians. Paul assures the believers that what he preached to them is not of human origin but from God. “For I did not receive it or learn it from any human source; instead I received it by a revelation of Jesus Christ.” (Galatians 1:12, NET). Paul made it clear to the Galatians that he did not make them believers. Paul insists that God through His Grace, Jesus Christ, made the Galatians His children. Therefore, Paul contends, if Galatians depart from the gospel, he preached to them, they, will separate themselves from God.

Additionally, Paul reminds Galatians that God elected them, to be the beneficiaries of salvation procured in Jesus Christ on the cross at Golgotha, not on the bases of their obedience to the law, the ten commandments, but on Grace – Jesus Christ. God, in Jesus Christ on the cross at Golgotha, made our salvation a reality, no strings attached. The human performance could neither be the condition for nor addition to our salvation in Jesus Christ.

Paul reminds the believers in Galatia that they became God’s children because of what God did for them, not because of what they did. The believers are not worthy of honor to be God’s children through their obedience to the law, but by the new birth, and by the new creation in Jesus Christ. God, in the body of Jesus Christ on the cross at Golgotha, destroyed our sinful life and replaced it with Jesus’ perfect and eternal life. The new life in Jesus Christ becomes our daily experience by trusting Jesus, or by having faith in Jesus. It becomes our visible experience when we irrevocably accept that God has, once for all time on the cross at Golgotha, accomplished everything we need for our salvation and our qualification for eternity with God.

What issue burdened the believers in Galatia? Read the next blog.

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