Galatians 3 Lesson

Faith In Jesus And Becoming Children Of God

THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS WE BECOME CHILDREN OF GOD

We will begin today’s lesson with an intriguing verse taken from The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Galatians:

  • “If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.” – Galatians 3:29.

This is an important verse to understand, especially for those of us that have put our faith in Jesus. This verse, combined with the surrounding text, tells us that we are Abraham’s descendants if we have faith in Jesus.

Paul’s writings help us to better understand the scripture that he quotes from the Book of Genesis:

  • “And in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” – Genesis 22:18.

Paul makes it a point to mention that the word “seed” is singular in the above text because it is referring to Jesus and not lineage.

  • “Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, ‘And to seeds,’ as referring to many, but rather to one, ‘And to your seed,’ that is, Christ.” – Galatians 3:16.

Paul’s point is this, it is our faith in Jesus that makes us children of God, not who our ancestors were.

FAITH IN JESUS

It is interesting to see Paul’s technique in working with the Galatians.  He ties the Old Testament and the New Testament together through a common bond, faith.  Paul wrote:

  • “Even so Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.  Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham.” – Galatians 3:6-7.

Instead of only the Jews being tied to the lineage of Abraham by birth, now everyone that has faith in Jesus can be called a child of God! We can read about this in the following scripture:

  • “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.” - Galatians 3:28-29.

Paul talks about how difficult it was to keep the Law and how that led us to Jesus.

  • “But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed.  Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.” – Galatians 3:23-24.

THOSE STILL UNDER THE LAW ARE CURSED!

Another way that Paul teaches the Galatians about salvation through faith, is by describing those who are, “Of the works of the Law” as being under a curse. Consider the following scripture:

  • "For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the Law, to perform them.’” - Galatians 3:10.

Jesus, Himself would be considered a curse under the Old Law. 

  •  “If a man has committed a sin worthy of death and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, his corpse shall not hang all night on the tree, but you shall surely bury him on the same day (for he who is hanged is accursed of God), so that you do not defile your land which the Lord your God gives you as an inheritance.” – Deuteronomy 21:22-23.

In his letter to the Romans, Paul explains that salvation comes from confessing Jesus as our Lord and believing it in our hearts. 

  • “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;” - Romans 10:9.

CONCLUSION

Through various letters to different churches, Paul makes it clear that salvation comes from faith in Jesus, not by works.  Those who place their faith in Jesus, and not in the things of this world become children of God (Galatians 3:29)

In his letter to the Galatians, Paul makes the following two points:

  1. Keeping the Law is something that nobody other than Jesus was able to do,
  2. Having faith in Jesus is something that everyone can do, and how we become children of God.

While keeping the Law is something that NOBODY could do, having faith in Jesus is something that EVERYONE can do.  The good news for us is that we can actively grow our faith by reading the Bible.

We will end today’s lesson with the following scripture from the Gospel of John:

  • “There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.  He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.  He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.  But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” - John 1:9-13.

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Michael

By the grace of God and the redeeming blood of His Son. Learning His commandments and then working to keep them is what we are called to do.

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John

Amen . Thanks

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