Lesson 2: Galatians 2:15-21
This is the second Bible study for 7th-10th graders that attended Marannook in the summer of 2017.
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What is your name? (Preferred name and Last name)
What grade are you in?
Who was your counselor this past summer?
Are you trying hard to live a good life?
Do you sometimes feel like this in trying to be 'good'?
Read Galatians 2:15-21 - "15 We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; 16 yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.17 But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we too were found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not! 18 For if I rebuild what I tore down, I prove myself to be a transgressor. 19 For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose."
Remember in the last lesson, we talked about the good news. We are saved by grace through faith. We are saved because CHRIST gave HIMSELF in our place to take away the penalty of sin. We are right with GOD if we are trusting in JESUS. That's good news, but...
Sometimes we think that after we're saved that it's up to us to be 'good.' In verse 18, Paul says that he shouldn't rebuild what he tore down. This is tough, but can you tell what he 'tore down'?
the good news
the Law and our self-rigtheousness
Even though the Law was given by GOD, it was never able to make us 'right' with GOD. That's what JESUS did on the cross. In verse 19, how does Paul describe his relationship 'to the law.'
Holding onto closely
Using when needed
died to it
If we died to the Law, then that means that we are no longer using the Law to try and prove ourselves to GOD. Instead we are to live to ...
The good news of JESUS CHRIST is that we no longer have to impress GOD. We are already saved by HIS grace, so we are now free to live to HIM and for HIM. We are to live a life that glorifies GOD, but that does not determine our value or our worth in GOD's eyes. Instead as we now live, we live by what? (verse 20)
our own desires
Look at verse 20 again. Who is it that lives in us?
The holy SON of GOD lives in us, which means that HE is the ONE that works through us. Think about that. JESUS HIMSELF is living through us. That's very encouraging and takes so much pressure off of us. JESUS said in Matthew 11:28-29 - "28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” HE did this to people that had been taught that they had to prove themselves to GOD. Do you ever feel that way?
Think about areas of your life where you feel like you don't measure up to GOD's standards. Think about areas where you feel like you're not trying hard enough. What is the solution from these verses? Take some time and think about and pray about how you can let JESUS live through you. This is part of the struggle of really being a CHRISTian. We still have to deal with our sin. The key is that we have to know and believe that GOD's love for us never changes, and that it is JESUS HIMSELF that lives in us and through us.
Here's a video with a song with some of these ideas. Make sure you have your parents permission to watch. :)
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