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 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.
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.” Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” 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”—so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.
by: Steve Osborn.
From where does this empowerment to honor and serve God come? From none other than the Holy Spirit living in us. How do we get the Holy Spirit? I hate to sound like a broken record, but Paul tells us here that the answer is, once again, by faith. This can be frustrating for us “do-it-yourselfers.” We want a formula—step by step instructions. But that is where Christianity differs from other religions. No amount of “doing” will get you where you want to be. Everything comes by faith. We trust and God does what only He can do. In this case, He fills us with His own Spirit by which we can live lives that honor Him.