As I read a few weeks ago what Paul in Galatians 3, 1 – 14 wrote, I got big problems; such these words could fit together with the words of Jesus Christ.
Here the words of Paul in Galatians 3, 1 – 14: „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, Receivedye 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 ministered to you the Spirit, and worked 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 continued 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 hanged 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.“
But now the words of our Lord Jesus Christ: „Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.“ (John 14, 12)
„If ye love me, keep my commandments.“(John 14, 15)
„Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.“ (John 14, 23)
„If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.“ (John 15, 10)
For my understanding, of Paul’s words were in contradiction, to what Jesus Christ taught. But I know that this is impossible, since the word of God does not contradict themselves in the Bible. I had the problem, such I can recognize now where I think wrong. Lasting for days I prayed to God on my knees, that he would give me understanding for my question, as I have to understand Paul’s words.
One evening, my prayers were answered and I understood the words of Paul. To better understand my realization, I show them the meaning of the word faith: „The English word Faith, is in the here discussed sense used as a translation of the Greek noun pistis with the basic meaning „loyalty, trust.“ The associated verb is pisteuein („be faithful, trust“). The primary meaning was: „I put trust in … I tie my existence at … I’m true to…“. The word therefore aims confidence, obedience (compare: vow, betrothal), faithfulness.“ (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glaube
Abraham was it reckoned as righteousness from God, that he trust on God’s Word, that he tie his existence on God’s Word, he remained to the Word of God and that he was obedient to God.
Now, I am aware that Paul with these words taught the Galatians, exactly what Jesus Christ also taught the people.
The Israelites parted very soon the law from the legislature, and gave much to the law, that God has never said. Then they wanted to keep its own initiative, so that to obtain salvation from to their own merits. So that they destroyed the faith and confidence to the donor of the covenant. So they should fall, in a deadly self-confidence.
What Paul the Galatians asks is, whether they really want to make the same mistake, such as the Israelites did; or whether they prefer, to believe in Jesus, trust him, be him obedient, and wanted to be him faithful.
The words of Leviticus, 18, 5: „Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them“ are just only positive, if one like Abraham, trust on God’s word, to tie the one existence on God’s Word and is faithful and obedient to the God’s Word. Only, that into God’s faithfulness covenant pasted, comply with the law, will give eternal life; comply the law out of itself, leads to damnation.
Jesus Christ sanctified the Sabbath, and did that day however things; that been for the Israelites blasphemy. Why? Because the Israelites had separate the law from the legislator, and by human interpretation of the Torah; they added many regulations, which God has never commanded.
As I have already mentioned, I had many days great difficulty with the text of Paul. But I have purposely avoided, to read human interpretations of this passage of Scripture. I prayed prefer to God, in whom I believe, whom I trust, at whose word I tie my existence and I am faithful and obedient. He has answered my prayer.
Both God and also his son Jesus Christ, become be merciful only to those, who seek them from the heart; and will with faith in their words, the bids, Sabbath and the feasts of the Lord be obey. But not, just as the Israelites, separate from God; but by the will of God and how it Jesus had lived.
I pray, that all people may finally realize, how wrong all the mundane religions of today are.
Today, a psalm that reveals to us, that David has also trust, on the belief in God:
Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD. Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. My soul waited for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I s
ay, more than they that watch for the morning. Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption. And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities. Amen (Psalm 130, 1-8)