March 8, 2012 by Daniel Beckworth
“Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law...” Gal 3:11a
That is a sobering thought; isn’t it? In a single verse, God has shattered the idea that we can gain His favor by doing “good” stuff. That is hard for me to grasp. Television is overrun by crime dramas, such as Law and Order, NCIS, …….. (you get the idea). The entire idea of these shows reveals our human condition. We believe “good” people enjoy “good” lives and “bad” people will be busted by a dramatic leading man playing a tough cop with a heart for a beautiful woman. The “bad” guys and gals will be hauled off to jail where they will serve their debt to society.
Flip that to accommodate our spiritual mindset.
We believe “good” people enjoy “good” lives that eventually result in a painless death while we’re sleeping. We believe “bad” people will live poor lifestyles that will be consumed by poverty, drug addiction, prison sentences, divorce, child-support payments, and eventually lead to a slow, painful death that will result in an eternity in a hell.
There is one small problem with that idea……
“Now it is evident that NO ONE is justified before God by the law...”
But hope is found in the second half that Galatians 3:11, which says, “for ‘The righteous shall live by faith.”
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV)
Our right standing before God is simply by faith. We can’t earn it. We can’t be good enough to gain it. It is simply gifted to those who are willing to trust Christ alone for their salvation.
Have you been trusting your own goodness or have you trusted Christ?