Scripture: Galatians 3

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READ and STUDY the WORD

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Faith Or Observance Of The Law

Galatians 3:1-14 (WEB) 1 Foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you not to obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was openly portrayed among you as crucified? I just want to learn this from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now completed in the flesh? Did you suffer so many things in vain, if it is indeed in vain? He therefore who supplies the Spirit to you and does miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by hearing of faith? Even so, Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness.”  Know therefore that those who are of faith are children of Abraham. The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the Good News beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you all the nations will be blessed.”  So then, those who are of faith are blessed with the faithful Abraham. 10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse. For it is written, “Cursed is everyone who doesn’t continue in all things that are written in the book of the law, to do them.”  11 Now that no man is justified by the law before God is evident, for, “The righteous will live by faith.”  12 The law is not of faith, but, “The man who does them will live by them.”  13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us. For it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree,” 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Questions and Answers:

1. What was the subject of Paul’s question to the Galatians (Galatians 3:1-2a)? Paul was questioning the Galatians about the receiving of the Holy Spirit.

2. What specifically was his question about the Holy Spirit (Galatians 3:2b)? Paul asked did they receive the Holy Spirit by the works of the law or by the hearing of faith.

3. Why did he ask if they were foolish (Galatians 3:3)? Paul asked if they were foolish because having begun in the Spirit they seemed to be walking in the flesh.

4. What do you believe was the point of Paul asking the Galatians questions (Galatians 3:4-5)?  My thought: Paul was making it clear Christ redeemed them from the curse of the law, having become a curse for them.  And that they might know they received the promise of the Spirit through faith (not the law).

5. What was counted (credited) to Abraham for (as) righteousness (Galatians 3:6)? Abraham’s belief in God was counted to him for righteousness.

6. Who are children of Abraham (Galatians 3:7)? Those who are of faith (those who believe) are children of Abraham.   

7. What was the Good News preached to Abraham (Galatians 3:8-9)? Abraham was told in him all the nations would be blessed.

8. Who are under the curse (Galatians 3:10)? Those who don’t continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.

9. Who will live by faith (Galatians 3:11)? The righteous will live by faith.

10. How did Christ redeem us from the law and why (Galatians 3:12-14)? Christ redeemed us from the law by becoming a curse for us. So that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

The Law And The Promise

Galatians 3:15-25 (WEB) 15 Brothers, speaking of human terms, though it is only a man’s covenant, yet when it has been confirmed, no one makes it void or adds to it. 16 Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his offspring. He doesn’t say, “To descendants”, as of many, but as of one, “To your offspring”, which is Christ. 17 Now I say this: A covenant confirmed beforehand by God in Christ, the law, which came four hundred thirty years after, does not annul, so as to make the promise of no effect. 18 For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no more of promise; but God has granted it to Abraham by promise.  19 Then why is there the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the offspring should come to whom the promise has been made. It was ordained through angels by the hand of a mediator. 20 Now a mediator is not between one, but God is one. 21 Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could make alive, most certainly righteousness would have been of the law. 22 But the Scripture imprisoned all things under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.  But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, confined for the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24 So that the law has become our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. 

Questions and Answers:

1. Who made the covenant and with whom was it made (Galatians 3:15-16)? God made a covenant (promises) to Abraham and to his offspring, who was Christ.

2. What doesn’t cancel out the covenant (promises) from God (Galatians 3:17)? The law doesn’t cancel out the covenant (promises).

3. How was Abraham’s inheritance granted (Galatians 3:18)? God granted the inheritance to Abraham by promise.

4. Then why is there the law (Galatians 3:19-20)? The law was added because of transgressions, until Christ should come to whom the promise had been made.

5. Is the law against the promises of God (Galatians 3:21)? No, the law is not against the promises of God.

6. What does the Scripture do and why (Galatians 3:22)? The Scripture imprisoned all things under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.

7. What kept us captive before faith came to us (Galatians 3:23)? The law kept us captive before faith came to us.

8. Who was our tutor, what did it do and why (Galatians 3:24)? The law was our tutor to bring us to Christ so that we might be justified by faith.  

9. When are we no longer under a tutor (Galatians 3:25)? When faith comes, we’re no long under a tutor.

Sons Of God

Galatians 3:26-29 (WEB) 26 For you are all children of God, through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 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. 29 If you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring and heirs according to promise.

Questions and Answers:

1. Whose children are we and how did we become His (Galatians 3:26)? We are all God’s children, through faith in Christ Jesus.

2. Who have put on (clothed themselves with) Christ (Galatians 3:27)? As many as were baptized into Christ have put on (clothed themselves with) Christ.

3. Why are there no classifications (Galatians 3:28)? There are neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for we are all one in Christ Jesus. 

4. How can we be Abraham’s offspring and heirs according to promise (Galatians 3:29)? If we are Christ’s then we are Abraham’s offspring and heirs according to promise.

HEAR the WORD

Galatians 3:27 (NIV) For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verse.  What does it mean to be “clothed with Christ.”  My Bible notes: Paul was saying that they had laid aside the old clothes of the law, and were putting on Christ’s new robe of righteousness (the right way of living).

MEMORIZE the WORD

Galatians 3:11 (NIV) Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because “The righteous will live by faith.”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Christ is the only way given by God for us to come to Him.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

So we must trust in Christ alone for our salvation.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will continually believe You so our belief will continue to be credited to us as righteousness (Galatians 3:6). Thank You for blessing us (Galatians 3:8-9).  Thank you for redeeming us (Galatians 3:14). Thank You for justifying us by faith (Galatians 3:24-25). Thank You for clothing us with Christ and making us one with Him (Galatians 3:26-28).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I stay faithful to Christ Jesus.” <>< Dona