Galatians 3:1-9, 23-29
The end of this passage is the familiar part. The start is a bit more aggressive, a bit more John the Baptist, a bit louder than the tone we normally read the familiar part in. Paul does a bit of work here, addressing the people of faith in Galatia and in Marion.
This duality between faith and law/grace and law/faith and works is one that continues and bothers us today. Our belief, our faith, should indeed result in action. Our faith is a lived, embodied faith, and we follow a living, embodied Savior. All too often we end up thinking it is our actions that result in our salvation. Paul asserts that this is a thought of being under the law, as opposed to responding to the reality of Christ.
How is this still at work in our lives, our church, our world? How do we emphasize our faith, belief and trust in God, if we aren’t to live it out? How do we live it out, but not keep score based on what we do?