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A Journey Through the New Testament Letters

Jill Garcia

Jill Garcia

Hi! My name is Jill Garcia. Aaron and I have been married for nine years, and we have three boys: Caleb (5), Asher (3½), and Gabriel (4 months). Although I grew up in St. Louis, MO, I moved to Colorado after high school and fell in love with God's creation, the Rocky Mountains. I've been in Dallas now for twelve years, but anyone who knows me well knows that my heart will always belong in Colorado. I hope to live some day on a ranch in the mountains and maybe have a weekend scrapbook retreat business on the side!

April 18, 2014


Galatians 3:1-14
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Galatians 3:1-14

By Faith, or by Works of the Law?

3:1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by [1] the flesh? Did you suffer [2] so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? 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 [3] 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.

The Righteous Shall Live by Faith

10 For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” 11 Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” [4] 12 But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— 14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit [5] through faith. (ESV)


[1] 3:3 Or now ending with
[2] 3:4 Or experience
[3] 3:8 Or count righteous; also verses 11, 24
[4] 3:11 Or The one who by faith is righteous will live
[5] 3:14 Greek receive the promise of the Spirit


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  1. Fidel Garcia

    Apr 19, 2014 08:38

    2. What lies is the enemy feeding you that you think would discredit your salvation? (If only they knew _____ about me . . . .) Ever since I was exposed of my secret sin last year in August 20, the enemy has been deligent in trying to convince me that I'm no longer worth fighting for, tha I'm a lost cause. He tells me I'm never going to have victory over my sexual addictions. He tells me not to open up with the people that God has put in my life to walk with me through my trials. he whispers in my soul..." They will not like you anymore, they will see you as a freak of nature, and detest you." He also lies to me by telling me "since you have temptation to go back to that sin, that proves you will never change. You might as well give up and give your self to sin." He uses the same schemes he told twisting God's truth. The way I fight those lies is found in scripture..."I tell you, her sins(Fidel's sins)- and they are many-have been FORGIVEN, so she (Fidel) has shown me much love."(Lk.7:47)

  2. HopeH

    Apr 18, 2014 15:37

    I whole heartily agree with you in that I am thankful my salvation has nothing to do with me and everything to do with Jesus.

  3. Christina

    Apr 18, 2014 08:35

    A timely message for Good Friday. His love is so great that He have himself for us. He is the one that have the ultimate sacrifice, surpassing anything I could ever give, so that my response can only be loving obedience. Praise God!

  4. Sue Bohlin

    Apr 18, 2014 08:07

    Jill! Hi! Thanks so much for this great devo! LOVED Question #4, which has been transformational for so many people as we cooperate with the Holy Spirit in being transformed by the renewing of our minds. I am so grateful that on Good Friday, we read the staggering truth that as He allowed Himself to hang on the cross, Christ not only became sin for us (2 Cor. 5:21), but He became a curse for us as well, since we were all under the curse of not measuring up to the perfection of the law. Lord Jesus, thank You. Bless You. We worship You. We remember.

  5. Catrice

    Apr 18, 2014 05:29

    I love the simple statement "Abraham Believed God"....Catrice Believed God!!! Amen!

  6. Jay kreusch

    Apr 18, 2014 05:27

    Jill, a truly excellent analysis. Also, how wonderful and coincidental that Galatians 3:1 appears on Good Friday... "It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified."

  7. Mark McElrath

    Apr 18, 2014 05:07

    Thanks for these encouraging words . I often fell like I am not good enough ! I am unemployed , in re gen and re engage . Why am I so messed up ? But God accepts me as I am if I accept his grace and believe in his son and trust in Him . Thank God for that !! Thanks again for encouraging me this morning !!! Mark

  8. Michael

    Apr 18, 2014 04:50

    Jill, thank you for your wonderful and timely devotional. What a great way to begin the remembrance of the day our Lord and Mighty Savior suffered so much agonizing torture, betrayal and death at the hands of those he loves and came to save: you, me and all who believe in his name and receive Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. Your central truth says it all. Because God rescued us from the dominion of darkness bringing true forgiveness of all our sins, we who are free from those heavy chains love to obey and serve our Master. As Augustine said, faith alone saves, but the faith which saves is never alone.

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