Some of you have heard of “wrong-way Riegals. Riegals got his nickname in the 1925 Rose Bowl game when after his Georgia Tech teammate fumbled the ball, Reigals scooped it up and started running across the field. When the defensive players for California bottled him in, he lost his bearings, reversed field, and started running the wrong way. He would have scored for Cal if it were not for one of his own teammates tackling him on the one-yard line.
The Galatians were on the right spiritual track, living their Christian lives by faith, when they were infected by the legalism of the Judaizers who had infiltrated their churches. At that point, you could have called them “the wrong-way Galatians,” as they were trying to sanctify themselves by the works of the law. By going the wrong way in reviving the law, they had made a mess of their lives all over again.
Certainly, none of us want to be known as “wrong-way Christians.” As Paul will tell us in today’s text, there is only one right way to live the Christian life, “The just shall live by faith.”