Faith Replacing the Law

Galatians 1:23—“But they only heard this: He who was formerly persecuting us is now announcing as the gospel the faith which formerly he ravaged.”

Note 2 on faith says: “The faith here and in all the verses of reference 23b implies our believing in Christ, taking His person and His redemptive work as the object of our faith. The faith, replacing the law, by which God dealt with people in the Old Testament, became the principle by which God deals with people in the New Testament. This faith characterizes the believers in Christ and distinguishes them from the keepers of law. This is the main emphasis of this book. The law of the Old Testament stresses letters and ordinances, whereas the faith of the New Testament emphasizes the Spirit and life.”

Cross-reference “b” on faith directs us to the following verses:

Galatians 3:7: “Know then that they who are of faith, these are sons of Abraham.”

Galatians 3:23: “But before faith came we were guarded under law, being shut up unto the faith which was to be revealed.”

1 Corinthians 16:13: “Watch, stand firm in the faith, be full-grown men, be strong.”

 

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