Galatians 3 – Scripture Reflection

Read: Galatians 3:1-29

Centering Verse: The only thing I want to learn from you is this: Did you receive the Spirit by doing the works of the law or by believing what you heard? (Galatians 3:2)

Explore:

  • What is the promise of God based on – faith, law, or God’s faithfulness?  Why is this significant?  How are we supposed to respond to the promise of God?
  • What was the purpose of the Law?  What is its purpose now for us?
  • What does it mean to be a child of God?  How has that reality changed your life?
  • What does it mean to be clothed in Christ?  How have you clothed yourself with Christ?
  • What does it mean to be one in Christ Jesus?  How might we live out such unity in our lives, communities, and churches?

Reflect:

There is indeed a certain level of self-denial that is inherent to our faith in Christ.  We cannot save ourselves; Christ must save us.  Our best efforts and initiatives do not bring us righteousness and holiness; they are gifts of God’s grace.  We might find unity in Christ by first of all humbling ourselves.  None of us ranks higher than anyone else.  We are all one in our need for Christ and in our inability to fulfill our God-ordained purpose by the power of our own will.  God’s promise is stronger than the weakness of our frailties.  Take heart – you are a child of faith and promise!

Closing Prayer: 

Father, God who has promised us life, grant that we might deny ourselves and seek your strength.  May we find the grace to trust in your Word.

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