I. Grace is walking in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? (3)
A. We are justified and sanctified by grace through faith.
B. But doesn’t James say, “show me”?
II. Grace is receiving a promise. HISTORICAL ARGUMENT
He believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness. The Law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God. (17)
A. Abraham was born 430 years too early.
B. “The just shall live by faith”
- Habakkuk 2:4; Rom 1:17; Heb 10:38; Gal 3:11
C. No one works to receive a promise.
III. Grace is growing towards maturity. LOGICAL ARGUMENT
So then, the Law was our guardian until Christ came… (24)
A. A guardian isn’t needed once a child becomes an adult.
B. Mature believers exercise discernment.
T/F Do good people need to believe the gospel and forgiven?
TF Does believing make me good enough?