In the closing chapter of his letter to the Galatian believers, Paul leaves them with instructions and warnings about living the New Life of faith in God. Included with these is the well-known truth that “You will reap what you sow.”
In his letter to the Galatian Christians, Paul tells us that there is no possible way that we can win God’s favor by our own works; but, by faith, we are made right with God. More than that, we are adopted into His family, and given the Holy Spirit to direct us, to make us feel at home in God’s Family, and to bring forth fruit pleasing to God in our lives.
And now, Paul turns his attention to our relationships with one another.
“So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.” Galatians 5:16 NLT
The Holy Spirit is given to those who believe in Jesus Christ, those who obey Him, to guide us in the new life of Righteousness and God’s favor which He has won for us and now gives to us freely.
“For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” Galatians 5:13,14 NLT
We find in this passage one of the paradoxes of which there are so many in the Scripture. “Use your freedom from the bondage of the law to serve in love; and in so doing, you will find you are fulfilling the whole Law.”
“So,” Paul writes in his letter to the Galatian church, “Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.” Galatians 5:1 NLT
Just prior to this statement, Paul explains that the Law and the Promise are represented by Hagar and Sarah and their children. Hagar was a slave; her son was born as a human endeavor to fulfil God’s Promise. Sarah, however, was a free woman, and her son was born when God miraculously fulfilled His promise to Abraham.
The law, Paul explains to the believers in Galatia, was like a guardian, holding us as slaves until the perfect time for Christ to come.
“But when the right time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent Him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that He could adopt us as His very own children. And because we are His children, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out ‘Abba, Father.’ Now, you are no longer a slave, but God’s own child. And since you are His child, God has made you His heir.” Galatians 4:4-7 NLT
With the coming of Christ, Paul writes to the believers in Galatia, the way of faith has been made available to us. We are no longer under the guardianship of the law; we have been made right with God through faith in Jesus Christ.
And not only righteous, but we have become children of God by faith. “For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:26 NLT