Galatians 3:1-5 (NIV)
3 You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. 2 I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? 3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? 4 Have you experienced so much in vain—if it really was in vain? 5 So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard?
Paul wrote to the Galatians about the Law and a personal relationship with Christ. While studying this passage for a sermon, God really spoke to me. (There is so much more to this passage, but this is just one portion of it.) Paul had been with the Galatians previously as recorded in Acts. Many salvations, healings, and baptisms occurred. However, some were not accepting this “new” way of salvation. They were saying you need to live as the Jews lived and under the Law given to Moses. I can imagine this was very confusing for the new Christians. So, Paul wrote to them. He pretty much said that just by living according to the law and doing good things does not make you a Christian. He stated that just as they heard when he preached that it is by hearing the Word, having Faith, and a relationship with Christ is what matters. He told them to remember what all God had done for them previously which is in the book of Acts in the Bible. He said they no longer have to live as the Jews because anyone could become a follower of God.
We will not make it to Heaven just by doing “good.” He states that once we ask Christ into our hearts that the Holy Spirit comes to live inside of us. He gives us wisdom in how to live. When The Holy Spirit speaks to us about a situation, we must go the way He intends for us to go. If we do the opposite, we are rebelling against Him. We will do good and follow after the holy living that God has lined out in the Old Testament. This is because our hearts want to live for Him and do what is good and right.
God made the Old Covenant with Moses and the Israelites. When Jesus died on the cross, a new covenant was formed. A week ago we celebrated this covenant. We also know we serve a God who is alive. He died for our sins, yet rose from the grave so we could live eternally with him. All we have to do is ask Jesus Christ to come into our hearts and begin a personal relationship with Him.
We do not have to go through all of the legalities prior because now we can go straight to Him. Let’s not look at Christianity as a way of do’s and dont’s, let us look at it as a heart thing. Don’t live a foolish life such as the Galatians were doing, be wise in everything you do. Be a Christian who has a heart after God.