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Paul realizes that they have been hood-winked, tricked. They were not obeying the truths which had been preached to them.
How did you receive the Spirit of God:
A. By works of the law?
B. By hearing of faith?
Have you lost your marbles? You can not leave the flesh, live in the Spirit of God, and then return to the flesh.
You have seen miracles done. Were they done under the law or by faith in Jesus?
NOTE: Remember, the point is not to eliminate all works. It is important that we obey. But, we must obey the current will of God.
All who live by faith are the spiritual children of Abraham.
All salvation comes by faith in Jesus (Jew and Gentile).
Reference is made here to Gen_12:3
They which be of faith, (ALL, Jews & Gentiles) are blessed.
Continuing in the law includes teaching them to others AND doing them yourself.
This is not how we are saved!
Hab_2:4 God has always asked for obedient faith.
Verse 12 references Lev_18:5
The law of Moses did not demand faith. Obedience to the law would bring blessings.
We are free from the demands of the law of Moses.
verse 13 references Deu_21:23
Gentiles who believe have the promise of justification.
When a contract is signed and sealed, it can not be altered. If we can not do this with human contracts, we can not change the will of God.
The argument is on the word used - singular or plural. It is proper to base our faith on the exact language.
Gen_12:7 ; Gen_13:16 ; Gen_15:5 ; Gen_17:7
The law was given 430 years after it was promised to the seed of Abraham.
That long delay does not void the promise of God. The contract is still in effect.
The promise was not part of law. It was before the law. It was for all who have the faith of Abraham.
Why did God give the law?
1.It was ADDED to existing law
2.Because of sin in Israel
3.To bring Israel to Christ
NOTE: The patriarchal law was not set aside at Sinai. The law of Moses was added to the patriarchal law. BOTH were set aside at the cross.
To be a mediator requires two other persons. Jesus is the mediator between God and us.
The law is not against the promise of God. It is part of that promise. The law was not an end in itself. If the law could fulfil the promise of God, Jesus' death would not be necessary.
All have sinned. Rom_3:23
God's promise is to all who have shown obedient faith.
The law was a state of preparation for the faith to be revealed.
Tutor - One who takes children from their home to shcool and protects them from harm.
Christ is the teacher. The law is the school bus driver to take Israel to the teacher. Once they are in the classroom, the bus driver is not needed. His work is finished.
You are God's children by faith, therefore, you are not under the tutor.
Baptism puts one "into" Christ and puts Christ "on" one.
CHRISTIANITY IS NOT:
1.Jew or Greek (Gentile)
2.Bond (slave) or free
3.Male or female
All become Christians under same terms and conditions.
1. Christ's=Seed of Abraham
2. Christ's=Heirs of the promise
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Luscombe, Manly. "Commentary on Galatians 3". Luscombe's Commentary on Selected Books of the NT. https://www.studylight.org/
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