Paul is adamant that the Galatians get his point: what you do doesn’t save you, only Jesus. However, salvation is not an excuse to be useless; there is still good work that needs to be done. The work isn’t the issue, but our reason for doing the work matters.
If we participate in church traditions or work to make the world better with the idea that our good deeds will outweigh our sins, we are mistaken. If it were possible for us to redeem ourselves, the cross means nothing! The only thing that reconciles us to the Creator is becoming a new creation in Christ.
Good work cannot save us. Good work is the response to God for His grace and mercy We should never tire of doing good (v 9). We are supposed to live out our lifes pursuing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly, not for our benefit, but for God’s glory.
Paul felt so strongly about the difference between working for salvation and working from salvation that he took the pen from the scribe and wrote it himself. That would be the equivalent of moving from texting to a phone call. It’s a move that says, “Pay attention. This is important. “
Do good for God’s glory.
Work from salvation, not for it.
Keep in step.