Last week we focused on the gospel being the key to both justification and sanctification. If we are having difficulty with anger the Christian solution isn’t to try harder to not to be angry it’s to refocus on Jesus Christ Crucified. Just like Christ is the key to our initial salvation, He is also the key to our continued growing.
We grow by focusing on what He’s done for us and who we are in Him. We continue to live by faith, trusting in God’s declaration that in his eyes those who trust in Him have the righteous of Jesus credited to their account.
And if you have Jesus’ righteousness credited to your account there isn’t any need to credit more. You have all that is necessary. The Galatians, although saved by grace, were trying to maintain their salvation by keeping the law. Paul says of this in verse 3 “Are you so foolish? After beginning by the Spirit, are you now finishing by the flesh?” And verse 10… ”For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse…”
Paul’s point is that there is no middle ground. We either live by faith or we live by works. We either trust in the law and our own righteousness or we trust in the righteousness of Jesus. Period.
Now, at this point a logical question arises. But what about the law?