We continue picking out major themes in this great NT epistle of Galatians. I’m using these posts to guide my study as I prepare to teach the book to students at Word of Life Korea in June.
The law, though good, only serves to show us our sin and to bring death! But we then receive LIFE through the Son. We are crucified with Christ; our old life is over. We now have Christ living in us (v. 20).
But this is not a passive life. Paul says, “The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God . . .” (v. 20). The idea that Christ lives His life (again) through me has led some believers to a kind of passive, Quaker-like existence. No! We are to actively add qualities to our faith (see 2 Pe. 1), to pursue godliness, to now live in the body (v. 20).
Trying to live one’s life by keeping the law means that one is setting aside the grace of God. If that is how righteousness could be gained, then Christ died for nothing (v. 21)! No one will be justified by keeping the law — not even the Apostle Peter!