Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith – just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”? Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. Galatians 3:5-9
Hearing with faith ushers us into the very promise God made to Abraham.
I love reading the New Testament as a commentary on the Old Testament. In Paul’s epistle to the Galatians, he is addressing a serious faith problem. Simply put, they believed it was because of their good works that they were included in God’s promise. Because of their goodness, they thought they were deserving of the same blessing God passed to Abraham. The problem here, as Paul states it, is that Abraham was made right by belief and NOT works.
Are men any different today? Surely God is no different! If all men were either qualified or disqualified because of their good behavior, none of us would be saved. The gospel message starts with us understanding that we cannot measure up. It is the hearing of God and believing in Him that leads to us being counted among the children of Abraham. We are blessed by God through faith in Jesus, not by our avoiding of vices.