According to Galatians chapter 3 Abraham’s faith was counted to him for righteousness. In other words faith in God: which means to trust in and rely upon as in a personal relationship (not just to acknowledge as true), made Abraham right with God. Then by this right relationship he offered up his son Isaac as a sacrifice because he knew God and trusted him that he was able to raise Isaac from the dead if need be.
It was Abraham’s faith which justified him and his work was the result of that faith. If one tries to earn favor with God by his deeds he is in sin for all our works are as filthy rags in God’s sight but if we have faith through relationship with God because of Jesus blood covenant we then have the Holy Spirit who is able to empower us to do work for God.
Works in the flesh, even good works are an abomination to God because as scriptures tell us “whatever is not of faith is sin” which means whatever does not proceed through a right relationship with Jesus is an unacceptable work. Just like Cain’s work, it was rejected by God because it proceeded not from faith but from self initiative.
Abel’s work was accepted because it was based on right relationship with God, one that relied on grace through faith in the sacrifice of the lamb. Paul tells us in this same chapter that those who try to be perfect by fleshly or man initiated works are adhering to another gospel. They are bewitched by evil spirits to go back to the Law of Moses for salvation and in doing so they put themselves under the curse of the law. Which means in the end if they do not repent they will be spiritually lost, accursed from God.
Have you received the Holy Spirit by keeping the law? Did you do any good work to receive him? Then why are you trying to be justified or made right with God by keeping the law? By observing days, and weeks, taste not, touch not, etc.
Paul also asks, did you receive a miracle because of any good thing you did? Did the Holy Spirit heal you or did you get blessed with his gifts because you were such a nice person? NO! The gifts of God are gifts and so is the gift of salvation. A gift! Why then are you working to keep your salvation? Nothing you do can earn God’s favor in your life except FAITH in him.
Faith that comes from a relationship of trust and reliance in God and through this faith will come obedience to the Holy Spirit who is the one who will change your heart and cause you to walk in his ways. The Holy Spirit is your teacher and comforter who will guide you into God’s truth, his will and his ways. All you have to do is yield to him!
Yield means to surrender. Let go of doing things your way and through your understanding and ask the Father in Jesus name to release his Holy Spirit to do HIS work in you. Then you will be walking in the Spirit rather than obeying rules and regulations from a lawkeeper (Pharisee) mindset.
For we are children of God through faith in Jesus Christ and have the Holy Spirit living in us. If any have not the Holy Spirit he does not belong to God but is only what the Bible calls a “false believer.” One who is trying to please God by the works of the flesh, or carnal unregenerate nature which has not been born again. For as many as you who have been baptized into Christ (and received the Holy Spirit)have put on Christ. Have his nature in us!
O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.
He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing OF FAITH?
Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
So then they which BE OF FAITH ARE BLESSED with faithful Abraham.FOR AS MANY AS ARE OF THE WORKS OF THE LAW ARE UNDER THE CURSE: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
But that NO MAN IS JUSTIFIED BY THE LAW in the sight of God, it is evident: for, THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.
AND THE LAW IS NOT OF FAITH but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit THROUGH FAITH
Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto. Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.
For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of PROMISE: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
WHEREFORE THEN SERVETH THE LAW ? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come(JESUS CHRIST) to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. But the scripture hath concluded ALL UNDER SIN, that the promise BY FAITH of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be JUSTIFIED BY FAITH.
BUT AFTER THAT FAITH HAS COME, WE ARE NO LONGER UNDER A SCHOOL MASTER (THE LAW)
For ye are all the children of God BY FAITH IN CHRIST JESUS
For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Notice that we are heirs ACCORDING TO THE PROMISE and not according to keeping the law of Moses !
Blessings in Jesus brethren!