Article - Galatians and Your Salvation
Before faith in Christ was introduced to humanity, the law of Moses (the Old Testament) was used as a standard to judge the world (even the Gentiles who did not have the law did by nature the things contained in the law, Romans 2:14-15). It served as a tutor or teacher that eventually led man to an understanding that salvation (the forgiveness of sins) could not be obtained by keeping law perfectly, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). It became apparent that man needed help beyond himself. He needed a Savior from above who could pay off the debt of sin in full. “When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son…to redeem (pay off the debt of) those who were under the law” (Galatians 4:4-5). Now that faith in Jesus has come, we as humanity are no longer under a tutor (Galatians 3:23-25). We are no longer held accountable by the Old Testament, including keeping the Sabbaths (Colossians 2:13-17). The Old Testament is beneficial for our learning, but it is not our authority in religious matters (Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:11). We will be judged by the words of Jesus, the New Testament, in the Last Day (John 12:47-48). And the New Testament tells us that we become sons (children) of God by faith in Christ Jesus. “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Galatians 3:26-27). Have you put on Christ in baptism? If not, then, “why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16).
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