At the heart of the book of Galatians is a contrast between human effort and God’s provision. False teachers wanted the Galatian believers to “gain salvation” by keeping the law. Paul opposed them vigorously, reminding God’s people that salvation is by grace through faith and was bought by the blood of Jesus. Because they are in Christ, believers are set free from sin and the law to walk in love and holiness through the power of the Holy Spirit at work within them.
In volume two of this series, Alistair Begg explores the nature of the Spirit-filled life that belongs to all who are united with Christ. Although Christians are not bound by the law, their lives are to be characterized by mutual love and care as well as personal holiness. In contrast to the external requirements of the false teachers, this reality is an outward sign of the internal work of God in the hearts of His redeemed people.