Monday, November 26, 2018

"Relying on Faith"

“Relying on Faith”


So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.  For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written:  “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.”  Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.”         Galatians 3:9-11


The Apostle Paul is telling the churches in Galatia that those who RELY on FAITH will be JUSTIFIED by their FAITH and NOT by their WORKS.   This TRUTH applies to EVERYONE.  God told Abraham:  “ALL nations will be blessed through you.”  Remember, Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as RIGHTEOUSNESS.”  It was because of Abraham’s FAITH.  So those who have FAITH are children of Abraham.  Those who RELY ON FAITH are BLESSED along with Abraham, who is the man of FAITH.


However, those who RELY on the WORKS of the law come under a curse, because it is written:  “Cursed is everyone who does NOT CONTINUE to do EVERYTHING in the Book of the Law.”  The Law cannot JUSTIFY; it can ONLY condemn.  In Paul’s letter to the Galatian Churches, he quoted Deuteronomy 27:26, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything in the Book of the Law.”  Implicating that the Law demanded PERFECTION, and FAILURE to KEEP ANY part of it, would bring a curse.  By breaking ANY PART of it, even ONE time, put the individual under a CURSE.  There is NO ONE that is PERFECT and ABLE to KEEP the whole LAW.  Everybody fails at some point in time. 


So this gives us a CLEAR picture of RELYING on FAITH or RELYING on WORKS.  FAITH brings JUSTIFICATION, WORKS brings a CURSE.  Are you RELYING on your FAITH or your WORKS to JUSTIFY you before God?  If you are RELYING on your WORKS, you will NOT be JUSTIFIED, but you will be CURSED to spending an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  In order to be JUSTIFIED and to be able to spend an ETERNITY in Heaven, with ALL its BLESSINGS, you MUST TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  You MUST CONFESS your sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS. Then BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God. And you MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and RELY on your FAITH, not your WORKS, to bring you JUSTIFICATION before God.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!



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