By Law or by Faith?

Galatians 3:5. “He therefore that minstereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?”

Here is a reminder of the miracles and signs that the Galatians witnessed in Paul’s and Barnabas’ ministry among them. In fact, some the the new believers themselves were granted similar gifts.

Were the Judaisers doing any miracles?  Was there any evidence of the Spirit working powerfully through them and among them? No.  It was not by works of the Law that the Spirt was made manifest, but by the faith of hearing the Word of God.

Do we see miracles today, as a result of the work of the Spirit?  Oh, yes, indeed we do!  Whenever a person is saved by grace through faith, that is a miracle.  Whenever a drunkard or a thief or an addict repents and forsakes his sin, that is a miracle.  Whenever a little child comes sweetly to Jesus, that is a miracle. When lives are changed, when habits change, when the fruit of the Spirit is apparent in the lives or ordinary believers, those are all miracles.

We need to be more excited than we are when anyone comes to Christ.

Works-based “salvation” is no salvation at all, but only serves to make us proud rather than humble; arrogant rather than grateful; haughty rather than meek. It is only the grace of saving faith that brings us to our knees in humility and gratitude before a God Who loved us so completely that He provided a way for us to be reconciled to Him.

Grace, not works.


5 thoughts on “By Law or by Faith?

  1. Rob

    “By works or by the hearing of faith?”
    This reminds me of Jesus at the home of Martha and Mary. Martha worked for him to please him perfectly, but Jesus said, don´t worry, only one thing is really needed: the hearing of faith.

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