Living by Grace

Dedicated to providing guidance in daily living through the power of God's grace as experienced in our union with Christ.

Are  You So Foolish?

Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?  Galatians 3:3

On their first missionary journey, which included the province of Galatia, Paul and Barnabas led their new converts to live by grace just as they had been saved by grace.

After their departure from Galatia, false teachers came to the new converts with the message that one is accepted by God by keeping the law. Some of the Galatians embraced these false teachings. Paul writes:

I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.  Galatians 1:6-7

The phrase “in the grace of Christ” can be translated as “into the grace of Christ.” In this context it seems that it should be translated “into the grace of Christ”. The message of this statement is that believers are called to a life of grace.

In Galatians 5:4 Paul writes:

You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.

In Galatians 3:3 Paul’s words “having begun in the Spirit” indicates his belief that his readers are believers. He does not question their salvation. He does question their attempt to live the Christian life by law and not by grace.

Paul’s message of anxiety for his Galatian readers should serve as a severe warning to many believers today. Since we have entered the Christian life by grace, are we right to attempt to live the Christian life by keeping the law—in human strength and wisdom?

No! As we were saved by grace, we are to  live by grace.

It is by living the exchanged life that we live by grace and not by law.