Welcome back to our online Inductive Bible Study on the book of Galatians, “Free from Bondage God’s Way” by Kay Arthur. We just completed Week Three, “Where’s Freedom from Your Flesh?” Can you believe it? We are already half through our study. We have had some awesome discussions in our small group time. Can it get any better? God wants you to know His Holy Word, so hangeth thou in there and keep studying.
In our study this week, Paul doesn’t mince words. He calls the Galatians, “foolish” (verse 1) and “are you so foolish?” (verse 3). Why are they foolish? They started out in their Christian walk in the Spirit, but somehow they got off track and tried to be perfect in their own human effort. They were gullible and listened to false doctrine which claimed they can get to heaven by doing good works. Paul had taught the Galatians that faith in Christ was the only way to salvation. But they just didn’t get it.
Can you relate? Sometimes simplicity just seems too scary, because nothing in our lives and our world is simple today. We live in a very complicated society and have grown up with rules and regulations, do’s and don’ts. So our thinking has also become distorted, and we begin to feel that we have to be good and do good works, to obey all rules and laws in order to get into Heaven. None of us can obey all rules and regulations perfectly. That is an impossible task. You see, although we have to have standards and rules to live by, it is impossible to follow all rules and laws perfectly. God gave us the Ten Commandments to live by for our protection, but how many of us have obeyed all Ten Commandments perfectly? It’s impossible. This is proof that we need Jesus Christ as our Savior. He came to free us from the law. The law cannot save us, but what it can do is point us to the Savior. Christ is the only way to freedom and to salvation!
“Therefore, the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.” Galatians 3:24-25
Kay Arthur writes in the “Thought for the Week”…
“Keeping your set of “laws” can’t change you and give you an inner sense of being right with God, can it, my friend? No matter how hard you try, no matter how much you go through your form of worship (whatever it is), no matter how much you try to obey the laws of your religion or try only to do good deeds instead of bad ones, there is no peace inside nor victory over your own flesh…”
When we became believers in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we are under a new covenant. We are no longer in bondage to the law. We have been set free! I am so thankful for this simple truth, aren’t you?
ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:
- Join a small group and fellowship with your fellow Bible students. https://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCInductiveStudies/
- Complete your study of Week Four, “You’re an Heir of Grace…Live Like It!”
- Pray before you begin your study. Ask your resident Teacher, the Holy Spirit, to open your heart to wisdom and understanding to learn His truths.
- Do an online word study on “law” (Galatians 3:10) at www.blueletterbible.org. Record your findings on the Word Study Form located in “Files” in the Inductive Studies chat room.
- Store in your heart Galatians 3:23-24 (Week Three, Day Seven).
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK (answer in small groups or post a comment here)
- What did you learn from marking the words justified and justify in Galatians 2 and 3? According to God’s Word, how is a person justified (made righteous) before God?
- According to James 2:10, if you live under the law, what is your obligation to the law?
- What problem were the Galatians having in relation to the law? When you come to Christ, what is your relationship to the law?
- What are some ways people seek right standing with God other than the way of grace through faith? Why are these ways tempting?