Scripture Reading: Galatians 3:6-29
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
--all under sin, which is why it’s dumb to Judge, we’ve all fallen short, give people a break.
--sin is missing the mark, we’ve all missed the mark. The law showed how badly you missed the mark and gives you more marks to miss. Christ equips us to hit the mark.
--Christ has provided salvation for all, nothing special about your abilities in getting saved.
Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. 28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.
31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.
Boasting—rejoicing, glorying in. If justified by works of law you can boast, but faith eliminates boasting. Gentiles also—Jewish law is not needed for salvation. All can be saved by faith. By (Of) and Through—perhaps touching on Jews advantage of knowing faith previously through Abraham while Gentiles were ignorant. But faith justifies both.
We establish law—stand, appoint, continue. Since law pointed to Christ, we emphasize the actual point of the law. Addressed later in 6-8.
What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?
2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.
3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
Abraham’s salvation was not from works his flesh body did. If so, he could boast about it, but he can’t, cuz he didn’t get it that way. Quotation of Genesis 15:6. Abraham was saved by faith before the law was even given.
Now to him that worketh is the reward [wages] not reckoned of grace, but of debt.5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
Worketh—as a servant for wages. Believeth—casteth ones self on Him who can show mercy.
If Abraham were already righteous by his life, why would righteousness have to be reckoned to him? The statement alone proves the point being made.
Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
Describeth—speaks about, pronounces. Quote of Psalm 32:1-2. Blessed—happy. Sin is not imputed as it is forgiven by the mercy of God received only by faith. Works do not need to be done to bring about forgiveness.
Abraham is the most prominent of the Jewish Fathers and David is the most prominent Jewish King, neither can claim justification before God by works! Both needed humble faith in the provision of God through Christ.
You are in Christ, partakers of the divine nature—Christ is our righteousness, we are in Him and He is in us. We are part of the righteousness. God is not concluding we’re righteous apart from any righteousness in us, but concludes us righteous because we are in Christ and righteousness is a real thing we now possess and can produce through spiritual growth.