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In chapter 2 we learned that we are not saved by works, it is all Jesus, all grace. So what is our role, if not works? (Besides utter worship and adoration of this amazing God we are loved by.)
Let's read chapter 3 and find out...
2 I would like to learn just one thing from you. Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law? Or did you receive the Spirit by believing what you heard?
3 Are you so foolish? You began with the Holy Spirit. Are you now trying to complete God’s work in you by your own strength? Have you suffered so much for nothing? And was it really for nothing?
5 Why does God give you his Spirit? Why does he work miracles among you? Is it because you do what the law says? Or is it because you believe what you have heard?
Then he asks them... Did you receive the Spirit by obeying the law? Or did you receive the Holy Spirit by believing what you heard? Were the miracles you saw happen because of some law that you fulfilled or because you believed? It was the power of God, the power comes through belief in God, not by fasting, or anything we can do to impress God. ( a little side note here, the Holy Spirit is in us when we are saved but He also wants to come upon us to empower us.. if you want to study this further go here, and click stream for Galatians 3:1-18.)
Once again, it comes back to believing or having faith. But is it all based on our faith? No, it is based on God's faithfulness to us.
7 So you see, those who have faith are children of Abraham. 8 Long ago, Scripture knew that God would make non-Jews right with himself by believing in him. He announced the good news ahead of time to Abraham. He said, “All nations will be blessed because of you.” (Genesis 12:3; 18:18; 22:18)
9 So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham. He was the man of faith.
But by no means did Abraham have a perfect faith, he struggled with doubt and trust just like the rest of us.
What does it look like to be a "Man of Faith" ?
Let' see, Abraham...
Laughed when God said Sarah would give him a son, and tried to take matters into his own hands and had a child with his servant Hagar resulting in the birth of Ishmael. -Genesis 17:17
But God blessed Ishmael anyway.
Lied twice and said his wife Sarah was his sister instead of trusting God. -Genesis 20:2
But God blessed and protected them anyway.
But he also kept coming back to God, and even had enough faith and trust in God to take his son Isaac up on a mountain to be sacrificed trusting that God had a plan. - Genesis 22
But God was faithful and provided another sacrifice.
We like Abraham do not have to be perfect all the time, when we are children of God we are saved by grace and faith alone. We are going to mess up, but the key is to keep short accounts with God, and by this I mean; when we mess up we need to turn back to God and ask for forgiveness because God is faithful to restore us.
He knows that we are but dust, (Psalm 103:14) and He loves us and chooses to use us anyway.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
This has always been a big one for me, the recovering perfectionist that I am. Let's continue to remind each other that we are all human, fallible, and greatly loved by our Jesus.
Because of Him,