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Christ is Enough…to Answer Life’s Questions – Blog and Podcast

September 28, 2018

Does the Bible truly speak to every aspect of my life? Is it just a guidebook, or is Christ really interested in every part of me? 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” If I embrace the Word of God into my life, it will make me complete, which means the Bible does speak to every aspect of my life. I need not add anything to it, and I certainly should not take anything away from it. It is sufficient unto itself.

As we continue our walk through Galatians, we see that the Galatians’ believers’ main problem was they wanted to add things to God’s Word. Paul confronts the Galatian believers with a number of questions in Galatians 3. He answers their temptation to go back to attempting to be justified by the law by sharing with them that righteousness has been received through faith from the time of Abraham. We will look briefly at a number of questions Paul asks through this chapter and see where the Bible addresses some of life’s questions.

Galatians 3:27-29, “27 For those of you who were baptized into Christ have been clothed with Christ. 28 There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male and female; since you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, heirs according to the promise.

Paul asks questions such as these…

  1. You foolish Galatians! Who has cast a spell on you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? The word foolish comes from the Greek word “anoetos”, referring to mental laziness and carelessness. He is saying they are not stupid, just lazy, for they are witnesses to the crucifixion.
  2. Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? He’s reminding them that they came to Christ through faith and it would be foolish to trust in works now.
  3. After beginning by the Spirit, are you now finishing by the flesh? In other words, are you saying that the work of the Holy Spirit in you was not good enough?
  4. Did you experience so much for nothing—if in fact it was for nothing? Was your belief in grace for nothing?
  5. So then, does God give you the Spirit and work miracles among you by your doing the works of the law?
  6. Or is it by believing what you heard—just like Abraham who believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness? Genesis 15:6, “Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.”. Paul emphasizes that from the time of Abraham that we are justified by faith. Faith came before the law.
  7. Why then was the law given? Verses 24-25 states the law was a guardian, a protector, until the Seed of promise, who is Christ, would come.
  8. “Is the law therefore contrary to God’s promises?” Paul answers – “absolutely not!”, but there’s no life in the law.

What’s Paul’s message here? Trust in Jesus, not in your ability to obey the law–Christ is enough…to answer life’s questions

  • What is God’s plan for my life?Paul is trying to communicate to the Galatians that they were living it, then…
    1. Matthew 22:37-38, 37 He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.38 This is the greatest and most important command.
  • How can God use me?Matthew 4:19, And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
  • Why do tough times happen? For all of the challenges, these Galatians were simply in a test of faith – had purpose
    1. Romans 8:28, We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
  • Where do I go when I’m stressed, tested, tried, frustrated, angry, desperate, needy, offended, hurt, & feeling done?
    1. Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
  • What purpose does suffering have in my life?
    1. I Peter 5:10, “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”
  • What do I do if I’ve been hurt?
    1. Matthew 18:21-22, 21 Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?”22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.

Whatever your questions are in this life, Christ and His Word are enough to answer them.

Tony Watson
Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church
Palestine, TX

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