SAVED BY GRACE

"O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?" (Galatians 3:1)

Leslie M John

“And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved”. (Acts 15:1)

“O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?” (Galatians 3:1)

Apostle Paul admonishes Galatians in no uncertain terms for believing in works associated with salvation. The word he used is ‘bewitched’. He was not only asking them as to who has cast a spell over their understanding or enchantment, or fascinated them about their belief that law would save them and works were associated with their salvation, but called them ‘fools’ (Galatians 3:1) for such belief as they hold that law and works could save them. The word ‘fools’ used here does not demean them that they lack wisdom and prudence, but he demeans their misunderstanding that they must do something under the law to God in recompense to what he has done for us. The meaning of ‘fool’ here was similar to what Jesus meant in Matthew 7:26.

“And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand” (Matthew 7:26 ESV)

The whole chapter of Galatians 3 deals with this subject of law versus grace. Paul not only questions them if there is anyone in the world, who is perfect in flesh, but also provides answers to his questions that no one could be saved by the law and works associated with it. He goes on to say that only faith in Jesus Christ, who redeemed us from the curse of the law, could save us.

Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned unto him as righteousness. He says that the children, who are of faith, are the children of Abraham. The Scriptures foresaw that God would justify the heathen through faith, and made available to us, the Word, through preaching, and made available this preaching even before the proclamation of the gospel unto Abraham that in him shall all nations be blessed. Obviously, this indicates that those, who are of faith in Christ, are blessed with the kind of faith Abraham had.

inasmuch as it written in the Scriptures that whosoever continues to believe that one would become perfect by being obedient to the commands written in the Law, is cursed, because, in spite of Christ has redeemed us from the bondage of the Law, he is still subjecting himself to be under the curse.

Law points to the sin but it cannot save anyone; it is only grace through faith that we receive salvation because no one, who desires to be judged under the law, can be justified as righteous before God. The just shall live by faith and it is certain that the law is not of faith, but whosoever, tries to believe that law would save him would live by the law and would be under the curse.

Lord Jesus indeed came to save his own, but when they rejected him, salvation was made available for Gentiles. No doubt this was in the plan of God, and this mystery was revealed in Romans 11:6-11. He came into this world to provide a way out from these stringent laws, and provided a way for everyone, that by faith in him a person is saved by grace.

Lord Jesus was hung on the cross and bore our sins so that we may not be under the curse. It is written that ‘cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree’. He came into this world so that the blessing of Abraham would be available for Gentiles through him, and that the gentiles may also receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.\


  SANCTIFICATION

This book brings out the truths about the Sanctification, which is whole-life time process. It can be divided into three phases:
1.Positional Sanctification
2.Progressive Sanctification and
3.Perfect Sanctification

King James Dictionary defines “Sanctification” as “The Act of Making a Thing Pure and Holy”
Reference: For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; (1 Thessalonians 4:2-4)
There are two aspects involved in Sanctification. Firstly, it is to set apart a man or animal as “holy”; secondly, to cleanse or to make pure man or animal. The sanctification is done for consecrating, i.e. to set apart as “holy” and keep man or animal, thus clean and pure.