CHRISTIAN LIFE 101 – THE GALATIANS ROAD – PART 1
The Galatians Road. A Road Less Traveled. Growing in Grace Ministries, 2023, www.thegalatianroad.com
CHRISTIAN LIFE 101 – THE GALATIANS ROAD – PART 1
[Dr. Grace] “Good morning, class. My name is Dr. Grace and welcome to Introduction to the Christian Life. Today, we are going to review the Romans Road and introduce the Galatians Road. By way of review, the Romans Road is a set of scriptures found in the book of Romans that are often used to evangelize to nonbelievers. Can anyone tell me what the first verse is?”
[Dr. Grace] “Mr. Law.”
[Mr. Law] “Romans 3:23: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
[Dr. Grace] “Excellent. We have all missed the mark and are in need of God’s amazing grace. Can anyone tell me the second verse?”
[Dr. Grace] “Christian.”
[Christian] “Romans 6:23: for the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
[Dr. Grace] “Excellent. Remember, wages are earned and owed while gifts are freely given and received. Our sin deserves death, which results in separation from God, but—and this is one of the most beautiful ‘buts’ in all the Bible—God’s gift to us, which is freely given and must be received, is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
[Dr. Grace] “And how do we receive this gift? I’m glad you asked. Romans 10:9 says, ‘If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.’ Now, many people complete the Romans Road with a summary verse such as Romans 5:1: since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
[Dr. Grace] “Now, if the Romans Road tells nonbelievers how to be saved, the Galatians Road explains how to live the Christian Life to born-again believers. Our first verse is Galatians 2:16. Mr. Law, would you please read that for us?”
[Mr. Law] “Certainly. We know that a person is not justified by works of the law, but by faith in Christ. We have put our faith in Christ so that we will be justified by faith and not by the works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.”
[Dr. Grace] “Now, remember, class, the word ‘justify’ means ‘to declare or make righteous in the sight of God.’ When we are justified by faith, it is ‘just-as-if-we-have-never-sinned’ because Jesus paid the penalty for our sins on the cross and covers us in His perfect righteousness. Galatians 2:16 essentially says the same thing three different times and in three different ways to be abundantly clear: We are made right with God by faith in Christ, not by our obedience or performance.”
[Dr. Grace] “Okay, so I hear the Good News of the Gospel… I recognize I have missed the mark and my sins deserves death. I receive God’s free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ… I confess His Lordship… I believe in His atoning sacrifice… and by the grace of God, I am declared righteous and holy because of my faith in Jesus, not my obedience or performance. Now what? Well, this leads us to our next verse. Christian, would you please read Galatians 2:20?”
[Christian] “Sure. Galatians 2:20: I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
[Dr. Grace] “Thank you, Christian. Class, the next step in the Christian Life is… to die. I know it sounds terrible but it’s a beautiful thing. Just as Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, we, too, are brought from death to life. Along with the Law, sin, and the flesh, our old life has been put to death so that we can become new creations. And the life we now live, we live with Christ in us. All born-again believers receive Christ at salvation to live in and through them by the power of the Holy Spirit. And we simply cannot live the Christian Life without this New Life in us. This leads to our next verse. Mr. Law, will you please read Galatians 5:16?”
[Mr. Law] “Absolutely. Walk in the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh.”
[ Dr. Grace] “Thank you, Mr. Law. The Christian Life is a choice, and we can choose to walk—which is a metaphor for daily, practical living—in the Spirit, following His lead and yielding to His control, or we can choose to walk in the flesh. By default, if we are not walking in the Spirit, we are walking in the flesh. The Bible says the flesh and the Spirit are against each other.”
[Dr. Grace] “Now, what does it look like when we walk in the Spirit? I’m glad you asked. This leads to our final verses. Christian, will you please read Galatians 5:22-23?”
[Christian] “Sure. Galatians 5:22-23. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control; against such things there is no law.”
[Dr. Grace] “Excellent. When we walk in the Spirit, we exhibit these wonderful qualities that demonstrate His power and presence in us… against such things, there is no law.
[Dr. Grace] “Class, the Christian Life isn’t our old life plus forgiveness or our old life plus heaven. It’s a completely New Life connected to God in the most profound way: Christ in you, the hope of glory.
[Dr. Grace] “We’ll continue our discussion on the Galatians Road. Your homework is to read these verses in their full context and come prepared with observations and questions. Class dismissed.”
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