Galatians 3. Forum Discussion

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

It’s always amazing how you can read the same scripture over and over and at different times in our lives it speaks to us in different ways – yet it is unchanging and always given by the inspiration from God.

Reading through the third chapter of Galatians today I am paying close attention to verses 16-18.

“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.  What I am saying is this: the Law, which came four hundred and thirty years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to nullify the promise.  For if the inheritance is based on law, it is no longer based on a promise; but God has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise.”

The covenant was passed down from Abraham until Jesus was born, and then through Jesus it was made available to subsequent generations through faith. “If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants.” Galatians 3:29

Another key verse in chapter 3 comes in verse 21:

For if a law had been given which was able to impart life, then righteousness would indeed have been based on law.”

But that was not the case. We needed a Savior to save us from our sins (Our inability to keep the Law), and Jesus is that Savior!

“For today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ  the Lord. ” - Luke 2:11

It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners .” - 1 Timothy 1:15

From the descendants of this man, according to promise, God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus ” - Acts 13:23

The Law was added because of transgressions, “Having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made (Galatians 3:19).” It let us know what was important to God and made us aware of our sins and our need for a Savior. But the Law was not able to impart life, only Jesus can do that.

The Scriptures are clear that our faith is of much greater importance to God than our works.

What is faith? “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” - Hebrews 11:1

How can we increase our faith? Romans 10:17 tells us how. In the King James it reads, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

God has thought of everything and provides everything that we need for eternal salvation. To summarize:

  1. God provided us with the Law. The Law let’s us know what God wants us to do. Because all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), we needed to be saved from our sins.
  2. Jesus is that perfect Savior!
  3. We are justified by our faith, not by our works (Galatians 3:24, Romans 3:21-26, Romans 5:1).

“Praise be to the name of God forever and ever.” – Daniel 2:20

Amen

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In pointing out that “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male or female, for you are all one in Christ” we can relate to the modern day problems of race, class and gender as irrelevant . That in Christ all men are created equal. We should be governed by love for one another.

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Jmack3388

The Bible talks repeatedly about how important faith is in our lives, and to our salvation. And the only place that it tells us how to get more faith is in Romans 10:17, "So the faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God." Studying the Bible is so incredibly important. I wish everybody read it more.

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