As far as understanding the text, we want our students to understand these truths for Galatians this week. First, that no person (save the Lord Jesus Christ) can perfectly keep God’s law. In fact, the Law teaches that whoever cannot keep this Law (meaning everyone) is actually under the curse of God (Deuteronomy 27:26). This puts is all in a very serious predicament! Second, we want our students to know that this same Law of God teaches us that God’s own Messiah would come to take the curse that we deserve in order that we might be saved by faith. These truths will show our students that a works based salvation does not make any sense in light of what the Bible teaches, and it will also show them how the Old and New Testament work together to deliver the same beautiful truth: that salvation is found in Jesus Christ alone, and that any person who is willing to turn away from their sin and place their full faith in Him can be saved.
In short, we want our students to hear the Gospel this week!
On a more practical note, we also want our students to understand that the spirit and attitude of works based salvation is still very alive today in our culture, and we do not want them or anyone to be deceived by this. Modern day legalistic messages would include:
“You must go to church every Sunday to be a real Christian.”
“I know I’m a Christian because I go to church and I got baptized.”
“I know I’m a Christian because I read the Bible and pray. People who don’t do this clearly aren’t Christians.”
To be clear, going to church is a very good thing! So is baptism, reading the Bible, and praying. In fact, scripture commands all of these things for Christians. But the Bible does not teach that we become saved by doing these things; rather, we are saved so that we can do these things! I believe our students need to understand this truth in order to not become a part of any legalistic system that might exist in modern day Christianity, and I think this week’s text will serve them well towards that end.
As always, please keep our students in your prayers and let me know if there is anything I can do to serve you better. God Bless!