Gal 1 to 3 “Let Me Ask You”
Paul traveled and founded the fledgling church in Galatia, teaching them the principle of justification by faith. With some dismay, he was astonished to learn that they had started deserting the faith and returning to the works of the Law in his absence. He asks why they had not remained steadfast in their faith. Paul asks them to reevaluate; is salvation based on: faith or works of the Law? Jesus had reminded the Jews, you search the scripture because you think that in them you have eternal life, [yet] they testify of Me.[John 5:39]
Paul reminds them that the purpose of Christ’s life was to show that God had fulfilled His promise, so any who believes as Abraham might be saved. The Law was given to show us the standard of God and our sinful nature. Remember this; Abraham didn’t have the Law! Moses wrote: “Then he believed in the Lord, and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.” [Gen 15:6; Rom 4:3] Men are justified by faith, not by the works of the Law.
Thus, Paul reminded them that we live by faith, not by works, so that no one can boast. [Eph 2:8-9] Therefore, be steadfast in your faith!