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Friday, August 04, 2006 at 7:00 AM

Bearing fruit for the glory of God: Friday Morning QT

The Gospel our Hope: Galatians 3:1-14
1O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. 2Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? 3Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by[a] the flesh? 4Did you suffer[b] so many things in vain--if indeed it was in vain? 5Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith-- 6just as Abraham "believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness"?
7Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. 8And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify[c] the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, "In you shall all the nations be blessed." 9So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

The Righteous Shall Live by Faith

10For 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." 11Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for "The righteous shall live by faith."[d] 12But the law is not of faith, rather "The one who does them shall live by them." 13Christ 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"-- 14so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.

Understanding the passage:

1. Paul saves some of his harshest words for the Galatian church (try reading the rest of Galatians when you have the time), and in this passage he tells us why. Why? (v. 2-6)

2. In contrast to relying on the works of the law for justification (seen right before God), what are we supposed to rely upon to get right before God? (v. 10-11)

Applying the message:

1. What happens to those who do good works but don't have faith in Jesus Christ? Scary huh? How do you think we should act toward these people?

2. The (fruit of the) spirit only comes through faith (v. 14), do you rely upon your works to produce fruit or faith?

3. The proper response to the Gospel of justification by faith alone is thanksgiving. Spend time confessing your sins, and giving thanks to God for Christ, who became a curse for us so that we might receive the Spirit through faith.

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