Paul says that God was pleased to reveal His Son (Jesus) in him (Paul) that he might preach Him among the Gentiles.
But when the one who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I could preach him among the Gentiles, I did not go to ask advice from any human being..Galatians 1:15-16
Galatians 2:16-21 consistently states that I am justified by the faithfulness of Christ Jesus. It is not even my faithfulness that matters. It is His.
- I am justified by the faithfulness of Christ Jesus
- Not justified by following God’s law
- I can live to God because through the law I died – to the law.
- I am crucified with Christ
- It is not I who lives (I’m dead [Adam])
- but Christ lives in me
- The life I now live in my body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
It is all Christ! I can’t mess this up. Jesus did everything!
Galatians 3 – even more exciting. This entire chapter is talking about the promises that were spoken to Abraham, and how that the law, which came 430 years later, does not cancel the covenant previously ratified by God, as to invalidate the promise. The inheritance of Abraham is based on a promise to Abraham, not on Abraham’s obeying the law. God graciously gave to Abraham through the promise.
Notice in Galatians 3:16 that the promise was spoken to Abraham and to his descendant, not to Abraham and “to the descendants.” That descendant was Jesus Christ.
Then in verse 19, it says the law was given because of transgressions, until the arrival of the descendant to whom the promise had been made. Until Jesus came and died, was raised from the dead, and ascended into heaven, men were still stumbling in darkness about who God is. David says,
“Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (psalm 119:105)
The law was given as a way to keep us on track since we were still in darkness. Then when Jesus came He restored through himself the connection that was lost between God and man. “In him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4) Jesus became the light of men who were trapped in the darkness that resulted when Adam and Eve separated us all from God.
Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his descendant. Scripture does not say, “and to the descendants,” referring to many, but “and to your descendant,” referring to one, who is Christ. (Galatians 3:16)
The inheritance has now come to Jesus Christ, the seed of Abraham (by the flesh), the Son of God (by the Spirit). Our covenant with God is secure through Christ. He has not failed and He will not fail. If you are a believer, in Christ, neither will you fail. You have the inheritance, in Christ. It is His faithfulness that keeps us secure.