Faith vs Law
Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?
This is a warning to all the Galatians who initially received Jesus and the Holy Spirit but then started to revert back into their old flesh-glorifying ways. It's also a warning to all believers to never stop pursuing Jesus, for the moment that we do is when we start to rely on the flesh again.
Paul is sarcastic about being "perfected by the flesh". It is not possible to be perfected by the flesh, for only the Spirit has the power to perfect us. But while we have bodies of flesh, it is extremely easy for us to fall to our worldly flesh-based desires and ignore the Spirit.
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"?
The law is meant to show us the limitations of our flesh. If we were judged according to the law, we would all fail, for all have sinned.
God gives us the Spirit not because of the law, but because Abraham believed in God. We did not earn righteousness by obeying the law, for the law exposes the very flaws of our flesh. God counts us as righteous for believing in Jesus.
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 the name-dropping Pharisees, Sadducees, and other various Jewish leaders, this would be equivalent to blasphemy. They love talking about the big old testament Biblical names, like Abraham and Moses.
The verses above reduce Abraham to insignificance in comparison to Jesus. Furthermore, it adds insult to injury by declaring that Abraham is for the Gentiles.
But that is indeed good news, for what kind of good news is limited to just a few? Truly good news is never exclusive. It's accessible for all.
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