"“Faith Alone” Paul blatantly rebukes the Galatians for being foolish or unwise and this passage also speaks to us when we fail to be discerning. Hebrews reminds us that when we are mature in the faith we are able to discern truth from error. [Heb 5] How often do we, like the Galatians, fall under the spell of smooth teaching of others when we fail to be as the Bereans searching the scriptures to see if what is taught is true? To remove the illusions of grandeur, Paul asks 4 basic questions to arrest the thinking and behavior of all believers. (1) How did you receive the Holy Spirit? Was it by keeping the Law? Hardly he says! If so we might as well disregard Eph 2 ‘it is by faith you are saved, not of works lest any man should boast.’ The Holy Spirit is God’s gift to us so that we might be sealed until the day of redemption; so that we might be indwelt by His presence teaching and illuminating us with truth; so that we might reflect His Fruit to a lost and dying world; so that we would have His resurrection power. (2) How is God sanctifying you? Is it by works? If so then we have to disregard the example of Abraham who was counted as righteous not by works but by faith alone. Luther wrote regarding Abraham: “I believe what you say God.” (3)How do you explain your suffering; was it for nothing? (4) How do you explain the miracles amongst you? Paul ends with this truth: God justifies so that we might walk by faith alone. Is this you?"