The revelation of Jesus Christ in Galatians

The book of Revelation isn’t the only “revelation of Jesus Christ” in the New Testament. There are a few actually. One in particular is found in Galatians 3:23:

But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed.” (NKJV)

In the middle of a conversation about justification from sin, the burden of the justifying one’s self with the law of Moses, a promise made to Abraham and the role of Moses’ law in relation to the faith which saves our soul, Paul makes an interesting statement about how God would ultimately justify his people. He says it was God’s plan to reveal the faith after the Law fulfilled its purpose.

The word “reveal” comes from the Greek word “apokalupto” meaning, “to uncover, to lay open what has been veiled, to disclose; to make known.” So, in other words, Galatians 3:23 is the revelation of Jesus Christ in Galatians (note that the Greek for the book of Revelation comes from “apokalupsis” which for all intents and purposes has the same root meaning).

The “revelation” in Galatians is important because the Gospel of Jesus Christ teaches (in more ways than one) that something is “removed” or “unveiled” when an individual stops depending upon their own work through the Law of Moses and starts depending upon the work of Jesus through faith (2 Corinthians 3:12-18). That thing (the veil or covering) removed through the glory (or light) of the gospel, in one specific manner, is our ignorance concerning God’s intent and endpoint concerning the role of Moses’ Law – that being that the way Abraham was saved was meant to last in order to justify us all (Galatians 3:22), not the Law, which was added 430 years after the promise concerning Abraham, faith, justification and Jesus was made (Galatians 3:13-18).

This is why Abraham rejoiced when he saw the “revelation of Jesus Christ” in Galatians which had been revealed to him so long ago (John 8:56); and it’s why we should rejoice about it today!

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,” (2 Timothy 1:8-10 NKJV)

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Contrary To What You May Have Been Taught, Christians Actually Do Live Under Law Today

Many religious individuals will strongly contend for the idea that says Christians do not live under Law today because we live under grace. While it’s 100% true that Christians live under grace (Romans 3:24; Titus 3:7) it also 100% false that Christians do not live under Law. For the most part individuals who teach “all grace and no law” do so ignorantly, only following what they have been taught; but that’s all the more reason to study for our self (2 Timothy 2:15; Acts 17:11).

Right about now some may be reading this and saying to themselves that what I’m advocating is false doctrine and that I’m the one who needs to study more and read verses like:

and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.” (Acts 13:39)

Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” (Romans 3:20)

For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” (Romans 6:14)

knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.” (Galatians 2:16)

You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.” (Galatians 5:4)

I would say “good job at studying” to those who would present such verses as proof that we’re not living under Law today, but then I would add “keep studying and keep things in their context and you’ll find the truth”

Indeed these verses truly teach that we’re not living under Law, but the question is what Law are these verses talking about? These scriptures aren’t saying that we don’t live under any Law, but rather that we as Christians do not live under the Law of Moses. What most people miss when they contend for the “all grace and no law” position is that you can’t have grace without having a Law! You can’t find grace without committing sin! And you can’t commit sin without being under Law! So to deny that Christians live under any Law is to deny sin, and that’s a denial we don’t want to be guilty of – plain and simple (1 John 1:8).

The truth of the matter is that Christians do live under Law, but at the same time we live under a grace that promises forgiveness, a grace that promises remission and a grace that promises a clear conscience (Acts 2:38; Hebrews 10:1-22; 1 Peter 3:21; 1 John 1:7). This is a blessing that was not truly realized in times past due to the knowledge of Jesus that we can have today (John 1:17). Law in and of itself is not evil. This can’t even be said about Moses’ Law (Romans 7:12). But what can be truthfully said is that there is no justification from sin in Moses’ Law, but that does not mean there is no justification in any Law, and that’s a distinction that many in the religious world are sadly failing to make.

Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.” (Romans 3:27-28)

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” (Romans 5:1)

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Faith Toward God is not Faith Alone

Many teach that sola fide is the ‘end all, be all’ with God and faith, but Hebrews 5:12-6:3 teaches that the important faith to God is the faith that’s only the beginning of people coming to Him. Read 2 Peter 1:3-10 and you’ll find that faith is not the whole flight of stairs to Heaven – it’s only one of the steps that make up the stairs! A vital step for sure, but only one of the vital steps.

Faith toward God is not faith alone. Faith is meant to be a lifestyle – not a one moment decision! Romans 1:16-17 says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”” God’s word plainly says the just shall live by faith, but it never says they will live by just faith!

Because of erroneous teaching many people do not understand what it means to believe/have faith toward God. They read verses like Romans 13:11 and say, ‘See, salvation was brought to Paul and the Romans when they believed and so it can to me too.” But to pretend that ‘believed’ only means a mental/heart acknowledgement (faith alone) is to ignore what Paul and the Roman Christians did to accept the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23). They all heard the word of God (Romans 10:17), they all repented of their sins (Romans 2:4), they all confessed the faith in their hearts (Romans 10:6-11) and they all were baptized for the remission of their sins (Romans 6:1-4). Did you notice all the scripture references came from the same source – the Romans (along with Paul) who ‘believed‘ back in Romans 13:11 did more than “just believe.”

Faith toward God is powerful and wonderful, but faith alone falls short of both!

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