There was once a man that packed up his possessions and took his wife to a new place to live, which he had not yet been to. This man of 75 years old; he left the security of having a home and the familiarity of life in general, to pursue a promise that was given to him from the Lord. He quickly obeyed the Lord even though it did not completely make sense.
This man was Abram (later called Abraham).
The faith of Abraham always has amazed me. He is promised from God himself that he was going to be a great nation. What makes this remarkable is that as of this time; he was childless, but even so, Abraham believes God.
Genesis 15:1 …the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not fear, Abram, I am a shield to you; Your reward shall be very great.” 2 Abram said, “O Lord GOD, what will You give me, since I am childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” (A slave born in his house) 4 Then behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, “This man will not be your heir; but one who will come forth from your own body, he shall be your heir.” 5 And He took him outside and said, “Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”
It was probably a bright starry night, but there was a chance that it was cloudy and it was hard to see many stars. Even so, if Abram only saw a few stars, it would have to take a miracle from God to make this happen, because Abram and Saria were not able to have children and it would still take faith on Abrams’ part if he only seen a few stars or if he seen thousands.
6 Then Abram believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.
Because of Abraham’s faith, it was credited to him as being right with God. Abraham was justified by his faith, because of his faith in what God was going to do in his life. Abraham was declared righteous before God. He came into a right relationship with God because of his faith in God and not because any works that he could do.
In Galatians three, Paul gets a little aggressive with his audience calling them “foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you,…). The Galatians started out hearing with faith, but now are trying to be in a right relationship with God by keeping the Law. Paul reminds them about Abraham how he “believed God, and it was reckoned to Him as righteousness.” (vs. 6).
The Galatians were wanted to be under the Law, but to be under the Law is to be under a curse and one must do all the things written in the book of the Law (Duet 27:26). The law is not of faith. “he who practices them shall live by them” Those who want to work for their salvation will have to keep every point of the law perfectly past, present, and future and if they do not keep it; they are cursed. Of course, it is impossible to perfectly keep the Law.
When Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross, he redeemed us from the curse of the Law and became a curse for us. It is Christ that saves us not our works and we are saved though faith in Christ. We are saved through faith in Christ.
Galatians 3:21,24-26 21 Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God? May it never be! For if a law had been given which was able to impart life, then righteousness would indeed have been based on law. … 24 Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. 26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.