galatians 3 application

18For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on a promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise. ", Robert Dean concludes that "according to Gal 3:29 if you belong to Christ you are a believer and an heir according to the promise, i.e. We were in a small way kindred spirits because of our shared love for that beautiful island nation. The world has no answer to the problem of sin and death. "In Paul's interpretation of the Scriptures, Abraham is the first recipient of the gospel that Paul now preaches- a gospel in which " God would justify the Gentiles by faith"(Jervis 86). 6Consider Abraham: "He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness." c. Before w… If I am in Christ and you are in Christ, then we belong to Abraham’s seed, and we are heirs according to the promise. We believe this is the reason for this letter. This does not mean Christians become Jews. “Before faith came”: From the viewpoints of both the history of redemption and through all times in the area of individual salvation (verses 19, 24-25; 4:1-4), only saving faith unlocks the door of the prison where the law keeps men bound. "Paul's phrase, then, is richly suggestive: faith is like hearing; indeed, faith is a kind of hearing/heeding"(Williams 84). As we have learned, Paul writes this letter for the Galatians to evangelize in a way of teaching them the promise. The class distinctions that matter so much in the world (rich vs. poor, middle class vs. upper class, old money vs. new money, etc.) The key lesson is that we have to be humble and continually depend on Christ rather than ourselves. If you set yourself up partially to races over against other races, you set yourself above God. The Galatian Christians had believed in Jesus and began enjoying their freedom in Christ. Who has bewitched you? Dr Thomas Constable -  A third change is that those joined to Christ by faith become spiritual descendants of Abraham and beneficiaries of some of God’s promises to him. However, the phrase “you who fear God” can also identi… 16The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. This page was last edited on 4 September 2020, at 18:56. v.15 Siblings, let me give you an illustration from everyday life. For if a law had been made to pass on life. just as you are in fact unleavened.". "Paul adds that all who believe as Abraham did are blessed through justification as a result of their faith"(Longman 594). God doesn’t favor one race or ethnic group over another. Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. Application: How is this principle helpful for our life today? A Bible. Every true believer loves and stands in Jesus Christ. In Galatians 3, Paul continues to make the case that faith in Christ is all that is required to be justified—"made righteous"—in God's eyes. You say, "Well, that's part of Paul's problem. By belonging to Christ, believers are also Abraham's posterity, for Christ is the seed of Abraham. This does not mean that the material and national blessings promised to Israel are set aside, but that Christians today are enriched spiritually because of God's promise to Abraham (see Rom. Practical Application: One of the main themes of the book of Galatians is found in 3:11: “The righteous shall live by faith.” We must stand firm in this truth. Ephesians 4:24, "Put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. Paul shows that Abraham was justified by faith, and was thus constituted the spiritual father of all believers in Christ, whether circumcised or uncircumcised. Cp. The designation foolish "appears to have been a common one for the Galatian tribes who were often considered barbarians and 'foolish'" (Jervis 78). Social class? There is no place for racial partiality, none whatsoever. There are no ranks in the body of Christ, none at all. If You Are Christ's, You Are Heirs of the Promise. Williams, K. Sam. "Paul indicates here that all who rely on law observance to justify themselves before God are under a curse"(Longman 595). Galatians 3:26-29  TODAY IN THE WORD Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? Paul is certain that they received the Holy Spirit. "Paul removes all who adhere to the observance of the Mosaic law for righteousness before God from the "mode of existence" conditioned by faith"(Longenecher 116). The law does not contradict the promises of God. 3:6–9). What does Galatians 3 say about our relationship to the law? Our decisive judgment is behind us - at Golgotha (John 5:24). If we are ?in Christ? Let us take some time today and the following days to remember the promise that was made through Christ. By contrast, the church is not a nation (Rom 10:19) but rather is comprised of people from all nations (Gal 3:28; Eph 2:11-22; 3:6, 15). Galatians 3:21-25. It is by God’s strength, his power, and his Spirit alone. Grand Rapids: Michigan, 2008. Verse 10 also talks about how "no human being can fulfill the Law perfectly ans consistently; thus even those identified by their commitment to the Law stand, unavoidably, under the Law's own curse"'(Williams 88). We are all saved through Christ and we should be following His promise through Abraham and not the law, which is what the Galatians were doing. The law was put into effect through angels by a mediator. GWN  Galatians 3:29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's descendants and heirs, as God promised. But ye have despised the poor. Requirements. (Born Free), Temper Longman on "if you belong to Christ" (better "since you belong to Christ" for Paul assume his readers do) - Now being “in Christ,” one’s ethnicity, life station, or gender is no longer relevant to one’s redemptive identity. by faith, then we too are Abraham's seed spiritually speaking. The statement is an affirmation of the impartial nature of the love of God in salvation (cf. In Christ we are all one. The next part of the verse is about how the Galatians started out with knowing the Lord, but ending it with the flesh(93). The exhaustive concordance of the Bible :(electronic ed.) Flesh is limited to the weak, humans are contrast to the spirit "more so when we catch the pointed allusion to the rite of circumcision, the sign of God's covenant "in your flesh"'(Williams 84). The first mention of promise is in Gal 3:14 where Paul writes describes "the promise of the Spirit through faith. (Collected Writings), Warren Wiersbe on “All one in Christ Jesus”—what a tremendous claim! These uses include natural seed (Gen 12:1-3, 7), natural spiritual seed (Isa 41:8, Rom 9:6, 8), spiritual seed (Gal 3:6-9, 29) and the ultimate seed (Gal 3:16; Heb 2:16-17). Therefore, when we look at another believer and he differs from us, we do just what Jesus Christ did for us. 1 a disposition, arrangement, of any sort, which one wishes to be valid, the last disposition which one makes of his earthly possessions after his death, a testament or will. Roy Riegels, the University of California center, scooped it up and cut across the field. In this divine family all are one in Christ (Gal. Therefore, when we look at another believer we see him in Christ. Then, finding himself hemmed in, he reversed his field. All alike are “Abraham’s seed,” and all alike will be included in the fullness of God’s redemptive promises. The Jews will inherit those promises given to the physical descendants of Abraham. The law could not change the fact that righteousness always comes by faith in God's promises (Gal 3:15-18). "Paul, however, in the last days persons "live" not because of their response-he calls it "faith"- to what God has done, through Christ, to fulfill the promise to Abraham"(Williams 91). (Ro 4:11) What is the promise in Romans 4? "Faith is the engaged response, the yielding of the self, to an enthralling, captivating word, the gospel of Christ crucified ans raised"(Williams 84). Notice how Paul addressed his audience in the synagogue in Acts 13: “Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen” (verse 16, emphasis added throughout). 6:3-4). 03:09. All believers will inherit those given to the spiritual descendants of Abraham. v.3 How terrible are you? 23Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed. After he arrived and began opening my little Ford’s door, we began chatting and I recognized his warm, familiar accent. Sixteenth, Israel was directly governed by the Mosaic Law (Ps 147:19-20). "Paul addresses the Galatians not as 'brothers' but as Galatians" (Williams 82). 12The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, "The man who does these things will live by them." 1997. People who have faith are blessed along with Abraham. This is a sign of spiritual immaturity, even as a baby will stick anything into its mouth. Noting such differences should caution us against taking prophecies and promises that are specifically aimed at Israel and misapplying them to the present dispensation of the Church Age. Jesus is the seed spoken of. For if the law could have imparted life then the righteous would have come to the law. The first one is that "the law was given in salvation history to uncover sin, at times even by rousing it to action, and so functions for another purpose and on a different level than faith(120). Abraham, he says, is “the father of us all” (Ro 4:16-note). "The phrase 'Christ crucified' was on Paul's lips an abbreviated form of the gospel by metonymy such associated terms as 'cross' and 'death' also were used to represent the basic Christian kerygma" (Longenecher 101). Fifth, God's program through Israel began in Genesis 12, and His program through the church began in Acts 2 (Matt 16:18; 1 Cor 12:13; Acts 1:5; 11:15-16). We tend to forget that we don't need to always follow all those other laws but ultimately the knowledge of God's promise made through Abraham. In Christ we have been delivered from our sins and set free from the fear of death (Heb 2:14, 15-note). You are all the same in Christ Jesus. NAB  Galatians 3:29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's descendant, heirs according to the promise. BBE  Galatians 3:29 And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and yours is the heritage by the right of God's undertaking given to Abraham. ", Galatians 3:27, "All of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. Vss. 29If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. One searches the New Testament in vain to find comparable timing statements for the church. In verse three Paul is talking about the Spirit not the flesh(103). What does Galatians chapter 3 mean? “there is no distinction between Jew and Greek,” “for the same Lord is Lord of all,” Romans 10:12. there can be no male and female:—i.e., distinction of sex does not obtain in Christ; woman, no less than man, finds in Him her Savior and her is not a barrier to salvation, nor is it a hindrance to the development of the graces of the Christian life. The law could not justify; it could only condemn (Gal 3:10-12). (Bible Exposition Commentary). God gave a promise to Abraham and it is much more powerful than the law given 430 years later. "First, the Galatians' "hearing of faith" mirrors Abraham's believing/trusting God"(85). By contrast, the only judgment the New Testament reveals for the church is the Bema Seat judgment of rewards in heaven following the rapture (Rom 14:10; 1 Cor 3:10-15; 2 Cor 5:10). Abingdon Press. 8The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: "All nations will be blessed through you." As such, she is always biblically portrayed as an independent nation with borders and a capital. Greek -  ei de humeis Christou ara tou Abraam sperma este (2PPAI) kat epaggelian kleronomoi. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? Rev. v.20 A mediator does not represent only one person; but God is one. What application can we make from this? Not all the physical seed of Abraham will receive the promises of salvation (Ro 9:6-11), but many who are not physical seed of Abraham will receive them by coming to God by faith as he did, thereby becoming his spiritual offspring. The LAW is a ministry of condemnation. It's time to break down those walls! Christ's inheritance belongs to "all those who are sanctified" (Acts 20:32), His fellow "heirs according to the hope of eternal life" (Titus 3:7). Ray Pritchard - In Christ the barriers that separate us have been torn down. You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. There is no place in Scripture for any racial difference. In God's pattern for the church and for the home, the man is to rule and the woman is to be submissive. No person is accepted for any other reason than faith. They had the light, but they turned their backs on it (Guthrie 92). Galatians 3 Discussion Questions by Stephen M. Miller. There is (“there exists”) neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female - Vine writes "“there exists,” does not merely state the fact, it asserts the impossibility of the contrary. Since we are now members of God’s family, we have a right to all that God has promised to His children. This is significant because it is the first time that Paul refers to them by name. The scripture does not say, “and to your seeds” but “ and to your seed” meaning one person. By obeying the law or by believing what you have heard? He never drank, smoked or swore, and his soldiers called him ""Old Prayer Book."" The reality is that Christ came and redeemed us through God’s promise through Abraham. Nevertheless God has dealt with different groups of them and has had different purposes for them as groups in various periods of human history. Paul is telling the Galatians to live by faith(Williams 91). The LAW is a revelation of the sinner’s legal standing, and as such condemns him. Ishmael and his descendants were also sons of Abraham. Ninth, while Israel fought physical wars with various enemies such as the Philistines, the church is engaged in spiritual warfare with angelic enemies (Eph 6:10-20). In this chapter Paul does not talk about faith because Paul see Abraham's faith as the Christian Faith(94).Paul is also telling the Galatians that you do not need to fellow the physical side of Abraham's faith, but the spiritual side(95). "Paul found the term "blessed" congenial with the next movement of his argument wherein he sets out proofs from Scripture for the antithesis of law and curse versus faith, righteousness, and blessing"(Longencher 116). NLT  Galatians 3:29 And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. No one saves themselves. No doubt many young girls look at him and think, “That’s my ticket to the good life.” That’s what the world focuses on—money, position, power and an earthly throne with all the wealth that goes with it. God’s attitude towards man is one of grace. — Galatians 3:28, When I needed a locksmith to get into my car, I had a pleasant surprise. KJV 1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? Hence this unity is moral; oneness (union) of life is already theirs, then let them all have one ideal, one ambition—to be like the Son, that so they might please the Father and confirm their testimony to the world, Gal 3:11, 21. (POSB - Leadership Ministries Worldwide), Philip Graham Ryken - We have the best and the truest fellowship when we recognize our diversity, but see it as less important than our unity in Christ. iii. The Scripture foresaw that God would tell Abraham: "All nations will be blessed through you.". Theologian and founder of Dallas Theological Seminary, Lewis Sperry Chafer, noted twenty-four differences between Israel and the church.1 Here are a few. Galatians 3:1 The Revised Version gives a shorter, and probably correct, form of this vehement question. Then righteousness would have been made by the law. Therefore, having the name of Christ pronounced over one in baptism means that one belongs to Christ and that the personality of Christ must be expressed in that life. In this verse Paul is making sure to watch what he says when his is answering the Judaizers(Guthrie 95). (Galatians Commentary - Verse by Verse). Throughout the Bible the Greek meaning of the word covenant is used 33 times; AV translates as “covenant” 20 times, and “testament” 13 times. NIV 1 You foolish Galatians! A mediator does not represent just one side; but God is one. Sin still dwells within us (Romans 7:17, 20). – The Galatians originally believed in the true gospel. The LAW is not the basis of God’s judgment of man. Vss. (Gal 3:11-14,24-25). 3:29). Grace is written on the tables of the heart. Paul's first argument of faith rather than law is drawn from the Galatians'common experience of the Holy Spirit. None of us are entitled to superior Christian privileges, no matter what our spiritual or cultural background. YLT  Galatians 3:28 there is not here Jew or Greek, there is not here servant nor freeman, there is not here male and female, for all ye are one in Christ Jesus; NAB  Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. A Shared Bond In this verse Paul "stresses that it is a faith that replicates Abraham's faith which brings righteousness before God"'(Longman 594). Galatians 3:15-29 What is the purpose of the law? Definitely not! (The Bible Knowledge Commentary) (See related article - Are Israel and the Church the Same Thing?). The equality of personhood which God gave to His entire creation is a birthright of new life, to be exercised as an opportunity for intimate fellowship with God Himself. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's descendants, heirs according to promise. Paul starts off this letter with the remark, “foolish Galatians!” We now know that the letter is addressed to the Galatians. Just like no one can add or take away from the human covenant that has been established, it is in this scenario as well. Nineteenth, although Israel is referred to as God's first-born son (Exod 4:22), the church is never given this same designation or title. Paul wants to make sure that the Galatians know that faith is not part of the law (Jervis 91). Paul takes the time in this letter to show the Galatians that what they are doing is wrong. The benefits of being in Christ are being sons of God and one with each other. Eight illustrations of this truth: Romans 6:14, "Sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace. ", 1 Corinthians 5:7b, ". ", Romans 6:18, "Having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 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