GALATIANS - A Verse-by-Verse Commentary

by Thomas W. Finley

Appendix A - Law and Grace Principles

LAW PRINCIPLE GRACE PRINCIPLE
Focuses on rules and religious traditions (Rom. 7:25b; Gal. 3:12; 4:9-10; Col. 2:20-22) Focuses on Christ (Rom. 8:5; Col. 3:1-2; Heb. 12:2)
Operates by self-effort (Gal. 3:3, 12) Operates by faith (2 Cor. 5:7; Gal. 2:20; 3:5; 5:5-6)
Empowered by the flesh (Gal. 3:3) Empowered by the Spirit (Gal. 3:3, 5)
Performs for God (Gal. 3:12; Phil. 3:4-6) Receives from God (Jn. I:16; Gal. 3:5; 1 Cor. 15:10)
Uses human will to achieve for God (Gal. 3:3; Phil. 3:4-6) Uses human will to seek God, receive from God, and cooperate with the Spirit’s work in us (Col. 3:1-2; Heb. 4:16; Phil. 2:12-13)
Imitation of Christ (Matt. 7:22-23; 1 Cor. 1:12; 13:1-3) Participation with Christ (Jn. 15:4-5; Rom. 15:18; Gal. 2:20; 1 Cor. 15:10)
Lives out the life of the self (Matt. 6:1-2; Gal. 6:12) Lives out the life of Christ (Gal. 2:20; Phil. 1:21)
Independence from God (Gal. 5:4) Dependence upon God (Jn. 15:4-5; 2 Cor. 12:9-12; Jas. 4:6)



Seekers of Christ Seekers of Christ Seekers of Christ Seekers of Christ Seekers of Christ

And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart" (Jer. 29:13, NASB)