Our lesson this week is going to focus on how Paul teaches a proper understanding between what the Mosaic Law did (and still does), and how that works together with the Gospel of Jesus Christ – not against it. Unfortunately, in the context of the Galatian believers, false teachers were teaching that “true believers” must believe in Jesus AND do works of the Law in order to be saved. Paul clarifies that this message is not the true Gospel, and in fact teaches that the Law actually reveals our inability to keep God’s holy standard. So not only is a “works based” salvation wrong, it doesn’t even make sense with what God revealed to us in the Old Testament.
Admittedly, some of this may seem “way out in left field”; especially for middle and high school aged students. But allow me to be clear: this is a CRUCIALLY important lesson for them to understand. This problem that arose from people misunderstanding the Gospel was not unique to the Galatian believers, and it is still very much a problem today. While we don’t have false teachers telling us that we must keep the Law of Moses in order to be saved, our students will be very familiar with these sorts of messages that our society/culture can often present:
“You have to read your Bible to be a Christian!”
“That guy/girl is covered in tattoos. They clearly aren’t a Christian!”
“I got saved because I said a prayer and got baptized.”
All of these rather common statements show that many people misunderstand the Gospel message. They also all this in common: they misunderstand that salvation is by faith alone, and that no single work or action can get someone saved; nor can a single act make someone “unsaved”.
Hopefully you now see the importance of our students understanding this lesson.
How we believe salvation happens MATTERS! This will determine how we live as Christians, and will ultimately determine whether our teaching and lives live up to what Jesus desires for us.
Please pray for our students this week as they receive this lesson, and pray that they will live faithfully obedient lives to Jesus!