The amazing grace of God made tangible in Jesus has dramatically impacted the Galatian Christians, but they are under immense pressure to adopt an “outside-in”, rules-based religiosity. Paul continues to remind them of the “inside-out” work that Jesus did in them when they believed. Today he changes tactics and personifies sin, the law, and faith in an effort to persuade his hearers. As we eavesdrop on the conversation, we catch a glimpse of God’s plans for us, too.
As we will see in this text of scripture, Paul is convinced that the work of Christ in his life is the most powerful thing in the universe, and based on who he used to be and who he is when he writes this book, we’ll never convince him otherwise.
Paul never uses the word power in this text, but he keeps pointing to the aftermath of the power he’s experienced…the impact of the power of Christ in his life.