You are all sons of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Galatians 3:26-27
We are not sons of God by our works under the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, who died for our sins and rose again. When we were baptized in accord with Christ’s command (Matthew 28:19), our sins were washed away in Jesus’ blood and we were clothed with His perfect righteousness.
Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for making me a child of God through faith in Your name and for granting to me, in my baptism, the blessings of forgiveness and life everlasting purchased by Your shed blood. Amen.
But exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:13
We, being deceived by Satan, often take sin lightly as though it can cause us no harm. We need to exhort and encourage each other every day against the dangers of dabbling in sin for, as James writes, “Each man is tempted when he is drawn away by his own lust and enticed. Then, when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin; and when sin is finished, it brings forth death” (James 1:14-15).
Give me wisdom, O God, to shun every sin and evil lest I be deceived by sin and suffer eternal death and damnation. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
But before faith came, we were imprisoned under the law, kept for the faith which was later to be revealed. So the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. Galatians 3:23-25
God’s law condemns and imprisons all because, although it reveals what is good and right, all are sinners and have come short of keeping it as God requires. Being condemned by the law, the law prepares us for the revelation of the gospel, in which God offers and promises forgiveness and life eternal through faith in Christ Jesus. Now, being counted just and righteous through faith in Christ, we don’t go back under the law and seek to be counted righteous before God by our keeping of it.
O just and merciful God, Your law reveals my sin and condemnation and prepares me to hear the comforting words of the gospel — of forgiveness and life through faith in Christ Jesus. Grant that I trust in Christ alone that I might be justified in Your sight. Amen.
Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? God forbid! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, righteousness would indeed come through the law. But the Scripture has confined all things under sin, that the promise through faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. Galatians 3:21-22
God’s law and His gospel are not contradictory as some would have us believe. The law is good and right, but it cannot give us life because we are sinners who do not and cannot keep the law as God requires. The law curses and condemns us as sinners and dooms us to death and damnation that we might look in faith to Christ Jesus and His perfect obedience and His innocent sufferings and death in our stead, for our sins.
Your holy commandments reveal my guilt and condemn me, O God. Grant that I believe the gospel promise of forgiveness and life through faith in Jesus Christ, who kept the law for me and then suffered my punishment when He died on the cross for the sins of all. Amen.
What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, until the Seed should come to whom the promise was made. Galatians 3:19
If we cannot keep the law as God requires or be acceptable in His sight by our obedience, what is the purpose of the law given to Moses on Mt. Sinai? “It was added because of transgressions.” Not only does it curb course outbursts of sin; it reveals our utter sinfulness that we might place our faith solely in Christ Jesus, the promised Seed of Abraham, and it then guides us in living for our Savior.
Your law condemns me, O God. Grant to me pardon and forgiveness in the death of Your Son, Jesus Christ, and move me, with the help and aid of Your Spirit to live in accord with Your holy will. Amen.