Bible Study - Galatians - C3 V3 to V5

04 Apr 2022
Sanctification by the Spirit (Galatians 3:3-5). In these verses, Paul moves on from the issue of our justification (based on Christ's imputed righteousness) to our sanctification (based on Christ's imparted righteousness). We describe the nature of sanctification, and why we can only really be made perfect, through the nature of Christ being formed in us by the Holy Spirit, who is in us. Our justification is a work of grace accomplished for us and received by faith in Christ. Likewise, our sanctification is a work of grace accomplished in us through our faith in Christ, who continually supplies the Holy Spirit to us. Paul says that trying to perfect oneself by doing the works of law, is fleshly and bound to fail, for if the flesh was impotent to justify us, why do we think it can sanctify us? We can only experience God's life, blessing and be made perfect by grace through faith, for "the righteous by faith shall receive life and live by faith." Although we have to cooperate with God in our sanctification, it is not by doing the works of the law, but by working out the salvation that God has worked within us by His Spirit. The difference between sanctification by the flesh, doing works of law, and sanctification by the Spirit through the hearing of faith, is like the difference between rowing and sailing. We have to stop trying and start trusting, and then obey as the Spirit leads us. When we try to make ourselves perfect by the flesh, we are just imitating the Christian life, rather than living from the reality of Christ's life within us, who perfects us by His Spirit of grace, as we trust and obey.

Episodes

Bible Study - Galatians - C4 V22 to V26

We continue our study of Paul's analogy of Ishmael and Isaac. We take a more in-depth look as how God made it possible for us to receive a supernatural birth li ...

Bible Study - Galatians - C4 V21 to V24

Who is your Mother? (Galatians 4:21-24). In these verses, Paul illustrates his message with a symbolic allegory, based Abraham's 2 sons, (1) Ishmael and (2) Isa ...

Bible Study - Galatians - C4 V16 to V20

In contrast, to the false teachers who were love-bombing the Galatians for their own selfish purposes. Paul's love for them was genuine, both in their presence ...

Bible Study - Galatians - C4 V7 to V16

Having described how God had saved them from bondage to external law and ceremonial religion, and evil spirits, and given them the liberty and inheritance of so ...

Bible Study - Galatians - C4 V4 to V11

From Slavery to Sonship (Galatians 4:4-7) describe how God the Father has saved us by His grace in (1) (v4-5), and (2) sending forth His Spirit into our hearts ...

Bible Study - Galatians - C3 V26 to C4 V7

In this study, we see what God did for us, when we received Christ as Lord and Saviour. The key phrase is 'in Christ.' God made the promise of salvation to Abra ...

Bible Study - Galatians - C3 V22 to V29

The Law points to Christ (Galatians 3:22-26). In these verses, Paul continues to describe how the Law serves the purpose of preparing man to receive salvation t ...

Bible Study - Galatians - C3 V19 to V23

Previously we saw that God established his way of salvation by grace through Abraham, so that when he introduced the law through Moses, He never intended it to ...

Bible Study - Galatians - C3 V15 to V20

Abraham, Moses and Christ (Galatians 3:15-18). The legalistic false teachers based their doctrine on Moses, saying that our conformity to the Law of Moses was t ...

Bible Study - Galatians - C3 V13 to V14

Galatians 3:13-14 are foundational verses, upon which we can establish our faith that (1) Christ has delivered us from every curse, and that (2) the blessing of ...

Bible Study - Galatians - C3 V10 to V14

Deliverance from the Curse (Galatians 3:10-14). To be in relationship with God requires us to be justified by God (declared righteous in His sight). This provid ...

Bible Study - Galatians - C3 V6 to V14

The Blessing and the Curse (Galatians 3:6-14). God sets before us life and death, blessing and curse, and urges us to choose life (Deuteronomy 30:19).
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