“I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or believing what you heard?” -Galatians 3:2

“Does God give you His Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law or because you believe what you heard?” -Galatians 3:5


This pair of rhetorical questions proposed by Paul, shows us the necessary faith required to have a proper relationship with the Lord. Paul, as well as Christ, tells us that we cannot call the Spirit down upon ourselves of our own accord through any action or obedience. Rather, the Spirit comes through faith and belief in the risen Son of God and it is our Lord that presents the Spirit into us.


When the law became known to man, by the law nobody could live completely righteous. The law of God transcended man and resided independent of man, an exterior law unreachable by mere action or observance. Yet, because of, and through Christ, we now have a internal partnership with the Spirit, which came upon us by faith. Now we are no longer slaves to the law, for Christ closed the distance. He lives in us and us in Him, a partnership that bridged the great void created between man and God with the law. We do not obey the law to gain faith, rather we acquire faith and then become obedient to the law.