October 27 | Galatians 3:1-14
Faith, Hinge Pin of Salvation
by Judy Webb
How easy is it to give up control? Is it a struggle to just let go of something you have been working on so very diligently – and allow someone else to complete the task. Is anyone reading this a rabid controller? (Raise hands now). Did the early Christians fight this practice, or was it easy to “let go, and let God?”
As one who grew up Catholic in the 50’s, I was taught that my salvation would be a decided largely by my works. My actions determined my eternity. At least that is how I remember it. My good or bad works would be factored in before being allowed into heaven. I understood that Jesus died on a cross, but I didn’t comprehend that this selfless act of Jesus was atonement for my sins.
“You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard?” (Galatians 3:1-2)
When I got involved in a small group, a few seasoned believers began to speak into my life. I learned the truth about salvation. That it is all grace. There is nothing I can do, but freely receive this amazing gift of God’s grace and salvation.
Faith is the hinge pin. Faith is the God-ordained path to righteousness and eternal life:
By faith…You are children of Abraham (Romans 9:8).
By faith…you are justified (Romans 3:28, Galatians 2:16).
By faith…you are blessed (1 Peter 4:14).
The righteous live by faith (Galatians 3:11).
Received by faith, Christ was a sacrifice of atonement (Romans 3:25).
By His wounds you have been healed (1 Peter 2:24b).
By faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit (Galatians 3:14)
It is time to give up all control to God’s will.
Again - Faith is the hinge pin. The God-ordained path to righteousness and eternal life.
Lord, show me where I need to give up control of things that are yours to handle. Reveal to me how when I get in the way, your gospel is not served to the fullest. Let me truly believe it is best to let go and let you handle it. Amen