Paul attempts to right the thinking of the Galatians by asking if they received the Spirit by works or by hearing with faith. It seemed that the Galatians had allowed themselves to be deceived into thinking that spiritual growth or maturity could be achieved through the works of the flesh, instead of a continued simple faith and abiding in Jesus. Paul shows them the main difference between living under the principle of the law and living under the principle of grace. Living under grace, one is blessed by believing that Jesus is God’s son who died on the cross to take the punishment for our sins. This means that the blessing is ours in Jesus Christ by faith and faith alone. Grace is unmerited favor. The promise is received, not earned. John McArthur said, “But all such things men try to do are forms of works, adding things that men can do to what Christ has already done and that only he could have done." So, how do you guard your heart and mind to keep your life free of anything that causes you to get off-track?
Heavenly Father, thank you for saving us by grace and it is not by anything we do or have to earn. Protect my heart and mind from any false teaching that takes me away from your truth.