Galatians 3:11-12

3:11 So it is clear that no one can be made right with God by trying to keep the law. For the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” 3:12 This way of faith is very different from the way of law, which says, “It is through obeying the law that a person has life.”

(OPB: NLT)

The New Living Translation is not poetry, but I had a hard time understanding the other translations.

The World English Bible says the quote in 3:11 is to Habakkuk 2:4:

Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked. But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God.

(OPB: NLT)

… and that in 3:12 to Leviticus 18:5:

If you obey my decrees and my regulations, you will find life through them. I am the LORD.

(OPB: NLT)

Paul is pretty explicit that the time of the Mosaic law has been and gone, but I’m more interested in the positive side of these verses, and the Habakkuk. I understand the message to be that faith is paramount. Following rules in and of itself cannot bring you to God. Only faith in God can lift you up.

1 Comment

  1. YOu got it Ivan! Rules and regulations will not bring us to God. That is why Paul also says that law cannot save us. (Gal.2:15-16, which you have already read). It is only faith in Christ that can.

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