I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die. – Galatians 2:21
Paul wrote this letter to the Galatian church where the people had been saved into Christ but were questioning whether or not to keep the requirements of the Mosaic Law. This letter corrected the false teaching of those that were trying to force this church back into the curse of the Law and the religious observations of Judaism.
Jesus died to save us from our sins. He was the only person ever capable of living without sin and therefore able to keep the whole of the Law and thereby fulfill its requirements – all of them including the sacrificial blood payment. You and I were born of man; thus, we had sin in us at birth. There was a need for purification and payment of those sins. Well, Jesus being born of a woman didn’t have the sin of man coursing through his body. He was sinless and perfect. He could keep the Law and do what we could not do for ourselves. Yes, he had to fight human urges and temptation like the rest of us. Jesus was not immune from humanity simply because the Spirit of God was his Father. No, he had to endure like all people. He, however, didn’t sin and paid the price that we were supposed to pay for our sin. That act of love, of giving himself for us, is the grace that Paul mentioned. It is not to be treated with contempt or treated lightly. For without that act of grace, none of us would spend eternity with God. Thus, Paul wrote to the Ephesians that we are saved by grace through faith, which is a gift of God to prevent anyone from boasting about saving self. Salvation in human power is impossible, but with God all things are possible. We should be glad that we can’t earn our way to heaven and that Jesus paid for us the price that couldn’t be paid. What love!
Father, we’ve all tried at some time in our lives to buy or earn our way to heaven. Many get angry at that the fact that they have no say in the matter. They want to do it all themselves. People are rebellious creatures full of pride and arrogance and want to do it all themselves. They don’t want your help or your provision because that means they can’t be their own god. Well, I for one am glad to boast in you and tell all that there is a God in heaven who loved us enough to die for us and save us from our sins. You also rose again from the grave to prove to the world that you are the way, the truth, and the life. There is no other way to eternal life except through you. No amount of strict observance to any set of laws or code of behavior can do for me what you do! I humble myself before you. I love you! Thank you for everything! In Jesus’ name, Amen.