Salvation is by Faith And Not by Feeling

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The main argument of the Judaizers was that Gentiles had to become Jews in order to become Christians. To show the error of their way Paul now turns from subjective experience to the objective evidence of the Word of God. We should never judge the Scriptures by our experience but  should always test our experience by the Word of God. The Law says “do and live” but grace says “believe and live,” The Law could only inform man of his sin and it could never save him from his sin. In these verses Paul quotes Old Testament statements to prove that salvation is by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law:

  1. Salvation for Abraham was by faith (vv. 6-7). Verse six  is quoting from Genesis 15:1-6 “And believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.” Paul reminded the Galatians that works played no part in Abraham’s life with God.
  2. Salvation is for the Gentiles (vv. 8-9). The word heathen (v. 8). simply means Gentiles and proves that from the beginning that the blessing of salvation was promised to all the nations of the world.
  3. Salvation is by faith and not the law (vv. 10-12). Paul quotes from Deuteronomy (27:26). “Salvation could never come by obedience to the law because the law brings a curse, not a blessing.” The law is not a “religious cafeteria” where people can pick and choose.
  4. Salvation comes through Christ (vv. 13-14). Paul quotes Deuteronomy again, “He that is hanged is accursed of God” (21:33). This reference to hanging relates to the cross on which Jesus died.


I do not become godly because my mother or dad were godly people? I must stand alone for Jesus, and I am relying completely on Christ, by faith, for my salvation?

Galatians 3:6-14 (English Standard Version)

Just as Abraham "believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness"? Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, "In you shall all the nations be blessed." So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, "Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them." Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for "The righteous shall live by faith." But the law is not of faith, rather "The one who does them shall live by them." Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us--for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree"-- so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.

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