By Faith Alone (Gal 3:1-9) (Galatians 3:1-9)Pastor Tyler Robbins, December 29, 2013
Part of the Exposition of Galatians series, preached at a Sunday School service
Paul continues his defense of justification by faith. The Gospel defines what Christianity is. In this age of pluralism, it may be tempting to accommodate differing opinions out of love. However, Paul is very clear on this point:
"But even if we (or an angel from heaven) should preach a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be condemned to hell! As we have said before, and now I say again, if any one is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let him be condemned to hell!" (Gal 1:8-9).
The Gospel is bound up in the perfect, final and finished work of Christ on the Cross. We cannot add anything to the sufficiency of God's grace in sending His Sion to atone for sin. To do so is to spit in Christ's face. After all, Paul asks, if righteousness in God's sight can come by works of the law, then Christ is dead in vain (Gal 2:21).
To really bring this matter of justification by faith home, we contrast the Biblical position with the heresy preached by the Roman Catholic Church, which teaches that those who believe in justification by faith alone are bound for hell (see the footnotes in the sermon notes).