Hello, the sermon today was in Galatians 3 which says,
“O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Did you suffer so many things in vain–if indeed it was in vain? Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith– 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. To give a human example, brothers: even with a man-made covenant, no one annuls it or adds to it once it has been ratified. Now
the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not
say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And
to your offspring,” who is Christ.
This is what I mean: the law, which came 430 years afterward, does not
annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to make the promise
void. For if the inheritance comes by the law, it no longer comes by promise; but God gave it to Abraham by a promise. Now an intermediary implies more than one, but God is one. Is
the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For if a
law has been given that could give life, then righteousness would
indeed be by the law. But
the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by
faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There
is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no
male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.”
pastor talked about how Jesus gave us His righteousness, because He
lived a perfect life, and He gave us a perfect life. We were cursed
because we lived under the law, but Jesus took he curse on Himself and
died for us. Jesus gave us His righteousness, and He covered us, so God
doesn’t have to look at us when we are before Him and say, “Hmm, I
don’t know about this one,” and then put blood on His glasses and say,
“Oh, that is better,” because Jesus died on the cross for us.
law was made because of sin, we can’t keep the law, but then Jesus
came, and He died on the cross for us! Jesus delivered us from the
pastor also talked about converting others, and said that they had to
be lost in order to be found, and we need to be lost in order to be
found, have you heard of the song, “Amazing grace”? It is a nice song.
The law tells us what not to do, but Jesus tells us what to do, He “gives us directions” He helps us.
God shouldn’t let us go to heaven, but by His mercy and grace, He sent His son to die for us, and let us Go to heaven.
The law corners us, but because I was cornered by the law, Jesus was crucified on the cross.