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GALATIANS CHAPTER THREE

GALATIANS CHAPTER THREE

Introduction to Galatians Chapter Three:

In this chapter, Paul didn’t mince words in rebuking the Galatians for abandoning the Gospel of Grace and returning to legalism. Paul bluntly pointed out the foolishness of the Galatians in returning to the Law as a means of justification before God. He also sought to remind the Galatians of the blessings and sufferings they had experienced in the past for the Gospel’s sake.

In this chapter, Paul also contrasted faith (grace) with the law, clearly pointing out the purpose, benefit, limitation, and fulfillment of the law, and also the danger of seeking to earn God’s blessings by the works of the law.

 

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It is Foolishness to abandon Faith in Christ and return to the Law:

Galatians 3

1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?

2 This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?

4 Have you suffered so many things in vain–if indeed it was in vain?

5 Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? (NKJV).

 

Note:

Paul could not understand why the Galatians to whom he had clearly taught the message of the cross would abandon the gospel of grace, seeking to earn God’s love, acceptance, favour or blessing by the works of the law. As far as Paul is concerned, this is simply stupidity, foolishness, or thoughtfulness. In fact, Paul suspected bewithchness or manipulation of Satan!

Paul had to remind the foolish Galatians how they received the Holy Spirit and miracles He worked among them by simply hearing and believing in the gospel of Christ he preached to them, and not by obeying or keeping the law of Moses. He also had to remind them of many things they have suffered for the sake of the Gospel they received and believed.

It is simply foolishness for any believer, like the Galatians, to seek to earn, merit or deserve God’s blessings by his effort, after becoming born-again and receiving the Holy Spirit as a gift by faith in Christ.

It is nothing but thoughtlessness to start your spiritual life or journey by faith in Christ and then seek to complete it by the works of the law or your human effort.

The Scripture admonishes to continue our spiritual life, walk or journey the way we started it.

Colossians 2

6 As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,

7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. (NKJV).

How did we start our spiritual life, walk or journey? By faith in God’s grace!

Ephesians 2

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. (NKJV).

What do you call someone who received the greatest miracle (the new birth) by faith in Christ Jesus and His finished work and then seek to receive other miracles by his effort or by keeping the law? A foolish Galatian!

 

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We are Partakers of Abraham’s blessing purely by Faith in Christ:

Galatians 3

6 just as Abraham “believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

7 Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham.

8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.”

9 So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham. (NKJV).

 

Note:

Paul had to remind the foolish Galatians that they don’t have to become like the Jews, observing the rites of the law of Moses, in order to become a partaker of the blessing of Abraham.

Paul pointed out the truth which the Jewish false teachers troubling the Galatians failed to understand and receive. What is that truth? Abraham was blessed not by his works, but simply because he believed God!

The Scripture testifies,

Romans 4

1 What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh?

2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.

3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

4 Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.

5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness. (NKJV).

Genesis 15

1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”

2 But Abram said, “Lord GOD, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?”

3 Then Abram said, “Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!”

4 And behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, “This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.”

5 Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”

6 And he believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness. (NKJV).

Therefore, Paul submitted that the real children of Abraham are those who put their faith in God as Abraham did. Since Abraham got the blessing not by his works but by his faith, all those who have put their faith in Christ share the same blessing with Abraham their father.

You disqualify yourself from partaking or sharing in Abraham’s blessing when you seek to receive God’s blessing by the works of the law and not by faith in Christ.

Paul warns,

Galatians 5

1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

2 Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing.

3 And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law.

4 You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. (NKJV).

 

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The Danger of Abandoning faith in Christ and Returning to the Law:

Galatians 3

10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.”

11 But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.”

12 Yet the law is not of faith, but “the man who does them shall live by them.”

13 Christ has 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 upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (NKJV).

 

Note:

Paul clearly pointed out to the foolish Galatians the danger of abandoning their faith in Christ and returning to the works of the law as a means of pleasing God or receiving God’s blessing.

What is the danger? Coming under the curse of the law! Why?

Because “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.” (Gal. 3:10, Deut. 27:26).

The history has clearly showed to us that there is no man except Christ who can completely and perfectly keep all the commands that are written in the book of the law of God.

No man can live by the law or be justified by the law in God’s sight because all of us have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and none of us can completely and perfectly keep the law without stumbling in one point. Therefore, it is foolishness seeking to be justified in God’s sight by keeping the law which no human has ever kept perfectly.

Paul further revealed the truth that those who put their faith in Christ have been redeemed or rescued from the curse or penalty of breaking the law of God! How?

Because Christ took upon Himself on the cross the curse or penalty of our sins! (Deut. 21:23).

1 Peter 2

24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness–by whose stripes you were healed. (NKJV).

Therefore, the Gentiles or sinners who put their faith in Christ are no longer under any curse but are now recipients of the same blessing that God promised Abraham which is the Holy Spirit (Luke24:49, Acts 15:6-11, Acts 10:44-48, 1 John 3:24).

However, any believer who seeks to return to live under the law is putting himself under the curse of the law.

 

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Our Inheritance is not by the Law but by the Promise:

Galatians 3

15 Brethren, I speak in the manner of men: Though it is only a man’s covenant, yet if it is confirmed, no one annuls or adds to it.

16 Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Christ.

17 And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect.

18 For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no longer of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise. (NKJV).

 

Note:

Paul went further to expose and correct the foolishness of the Galatians in seeking to earn or obtain their inheritance or blessing in Christ through allegiance or obedience to the law by presenting clearly to them the following vital truths.

First, the Promise of Salvation for all mankind through the Seed of Abraham God made to Abraham was not to the Jews but to Christ as the Seed of Abraham.

Genesis 12

1 Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you.

2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.

3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (NKJV).

Genesis 22

15 Then the Angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time out of heaven,

16 and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son –

17 “blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.

18 “In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” (NKJV).

Therefore, those who belong to Christ by putting faith in Him are the heirs of God’s spiritual promises to Abraham. The Gentiles don’t need to become like the Jews to inherit the blessings of Abraham. They only need to become God’s children through faith in Christ.

Galatians 3

7 Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. (NKJV).

Galatians 3

9 So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham. (NKJV).

Galatians 3

29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (NKJV).

Second, the giving of the Law through Moses did not annul the Covenant that God made with Abraham by promise.

Though God gave the Law to Israel 430 years after He had given His promise to Abraham, yet God never changed His mind to bless all the nations of the earth through Christ, the Seed of Abraham, as He had promised Abraham.

The Mosaic Covenant (the Old Covenant) did not annul or replace the Abrahamic Covenant or the Promise of Salvation through Christ, the Seed of Abraham, to all mankind.

Hebrews 6

13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself,

14 saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.”

15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.

16 For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute.

17 Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath,

18 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. (NKJV).

Lastly, Paul pointed out to the foolish Galatians that God gave the inheritance to Abraham by His promise and not by Abraham’s righteousness or obedience to the law.

God gave no law to Abraham to keep before promising to bless all the nations or families of the earth in him (through his Seed – Jesus Christ). Abraham was a Gentile (an uncircumcised idol worshipper) when God called him and gave to him His promises. (Gen. 12:1-3).

Since Abraham did not get the promise by his good works or obedience to the law, we also can not and should not seek to inherit the promise by our self-righteousness or good works, but by faith in Christ like our father, Abraham.

Paul explains this truth in clear terms in the book of Romans.

Romans 4

1 What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh?

2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.

3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

4 Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.

5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,

6 just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works:

7 “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered;

8 Blessed is the man to whom the LORD shall not impute sin.”

9 Does this blessedness then come upon the circumcised only, or upon the uncircumcised also? For we say that faith was accounted to Abraham for righteousness.

10 How then was it accounted? While he was circumcised, or uncircumcised? Not while circumcised, but while uncircumcised.

11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while still uncircumcised, that he might be the father of all those who believe, though they are uncircumcised, that righteousness might be imputed to them also,

12 and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of the faith which our father Abraham had while still uncircumcised.

13 For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

14 For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect,

15 because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression.

16 Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all. (NKJV).

 

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The Purpose of the Law:

Galatians 3

19 What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator.

20 Now a mediator does not mediate for one only, 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 have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law.

22 But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.

23 But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed.

24 Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

25 But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. (NKJV).

 

Note:

Having presented and established the truth that God gave the inheritance or blessing to Abraham, not by keeping the law, but by promise, Paul went further to explain the seeming conflict between God’s law and God’s promises by revealing the intended purpose, limitation and duration of the law.

Why God gave or added the law after the promise?

First, the law was added because of transgressions: (vs. 19)

The law was given to define and expose sins, to make men more conscious of the sinfulness of sin, to expose to men their depravity and guilt.

Paul explains this further in the book of Romans.

Romans 7

5 For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death.

6 But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.

7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, “You shall not covet.”

8 But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the law sin was dead.

9 I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died.

10 And the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death.

11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me.

12 Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.

13 Has then what is good become death to me? Certainly not! But sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful.

14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. (NKJV).

Romans 3

19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. (NKJV).

Romans 4

14 For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect,

15 because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression. (NKJV).

Romans 5

20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, (NKJV).

1 Corinthians 15

56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.

57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (NKJV)

Second, the law was added to serve as our tutor, trainer, guardian or guard to bring us to Christ: (vs. 23-24)

The law was intended to restrain us, keep us under check, or in a protective custody until we could be made right with God through faith in Christ.

Christ came not to destroy the law, but to fulfil, complete and fulfill the purpose of the law. Christ is the end or fulfillment of the law.

Matthew 5

17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.

18 “For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. (NKJV).

For better understanding of what Christ meant by saying He did not come to destroy the law but to fulfil it, let us consider the Greek meanings of the words “destroy and fulfill” in this scripture from BLB Lexicon.

Consider the meaning of the Greek word translated “destroy” in this verse

Transliteration: katalyō

Pronunciation: kä-tä-lü’-ō

Part of Speech: verb

Root Word (Etymology): from G2596 and G3089

Outline of Biblical Usage:

  • to dissolve, disunite

(what has been joined together), to destroy, demolish

metaph. to overthrow i.e. render vain, deprive of success, bring to naught

to subvert, overthrow

  • of institutions, forms of government, laws, etc., to deprive of force, annul, abrogate, discard
  • of travellers, to halt on a journey, to put up, lodge (the figurative expression originating in the circumstance that, to put up for the night, the straps and packs of the beasts of burden are unbound and taken off; or, more correctly from the fact that the traveller’s garments, tied up when he is on the journey, are unloosed at it end).

 

Consider the meaning of the Greek word translated “fulfill” in this verse

Transliteration: plēroō

Pronunciation: plā-ro’-ō

Part of Speech: verb

Root Word (Etymology): from G4134

Outline of Biblical Usage:

  • to make full, to fill up, i.e. to fill to the full
  • to cause to abound, to furnish or supply liberally

I abound, I am liberally supplied

  • to render full, i.e. to complete
  • to fill to the top: so that nothing shall be wanting to full measure, fill to the brim
  • to consummate: a number
  • to make complete in every particular, to render perfect
  • to carry through to the end, to accomplish, carry out, (some undertaking)
  • to carry into effect, bring to realisation, realise
  • of matters of duty: to perform, execute
  • of sayings, promises, prophecies, to bring to pass, ratify, accomplish
  • to fulfil, i.e. to cause God’s will (as made known in the law) to be obeyed as it should be, and God’s promises (given through the prophets) to receive fulfilment.

 

Many other scriptures also establish the truth that Christ is the end or fulfillment of the law.

Romans 10

1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved.

2 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.

3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.

4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. (NKJV).

Romans 10

4 For Christ has brought Law to an end, so that righteousness may be obtained by every one who believes in him. (TCNT).

Acts 13

38 “Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins;

39 “and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses. (NKJV).

Colossians 2

16 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths,

17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ. (NKJV).

Hebrews 9

9 It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience–

10 concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation.

11 But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.

12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. (NKJV).

Hebrews 10

1 For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.

2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins.

3 But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year.

4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.

5 Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You have prepared for Me.

6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure.

7 Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come–In the volume of the book it is written of Me–To do Your will, O God.'”

8 Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law),

9 then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second.

10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (NKJV).

Paul also explained the intended limitation and duration of the law.

What is the intended limitation of the law?

According to Paul in vs. 21, the law was not intended to give us new or eternal life.

No one can be justified in God’s sight by keeping the law.

We cannot be made right with God by obeying the law.

Galatians 2

16 “knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified. (NKJV).

Galatians 2

21 “I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain. (NKJV).

Romans 8

3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,

4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (NKJV).

What is the intended duration of the law?

The law was given till Christ should come.

After Christ has come, we are no longer under the law, for the law has accomplished its purpose which is to bring us to Christ.

Galatians 3

19 What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator. (NKJV).

Galatians 3

23 But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed.

24 Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

25 But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. (NKJV).

John 1

17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (NKJV).

1 Timothy 1

8 But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully,

9 knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

10 for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine,

11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust. (NKJV).

 

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The Believers are Heirs according to the Promise:

Galatians 3

26 For you are all sons 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, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (NKJV).

 

Note:

Paul ended this chapter by declaring to the foolish Galatians who were trying to become like the Jews by keeping the law of Moses in order to be justified before God and obtain God’s blessing that all those who put their faith in Christ, whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free, male or female, are all sons of God, one in Christ, and true children of Abraham and thus sharers in the inheritance or blessing of Abraham.

Paul aptly affirms these truths in his other epistles.

Romans 10

12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.

13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” (NKJV).

1 Corinthians 12

13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body–whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free–and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. (NKJV).

Galatians 5

6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love. (NKJV).

Ephesians 2

14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,

15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace,

16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. (NKJV).

Ephesians 3

1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles–

2 if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you,

3 how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already,

4 by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ),

5 which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets:

6 that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel,

7 of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power.

8 To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. (NKJV).

GALATIANS CHAPTER THREE

Paul went further to expose and correct the foolishness of the Galatians in seeking to earn their inheritance or blessing in Christ through allegiance or obedience to the law by presenting clearly to them the following vital truths.

First, the Promise of Salvation for all mankind through the Seed of Abraham God made to Abraham was not to the Jews but to Christ as the Seed of Abraham. Therefore, those who belong to Christ by putting faith in Him are the heirs of God’s spiritual promises to Abraham. The Gentiles don’t need to become like the Jews to inherit the blessings of Abraham. They only need to become God’s children through faith in Christ…

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GALATIANS CHAPTER TWO

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Paul’s main goal, motive or purpose of writing this strong epistle was to turn the Galatians back to a pure faith in Christ alone for justification and salvation. Therefore, the central theme of Galatians is “Justification by Faith alone in Christ.”

Paul wrote this epistle in defence of that doctrine which is the heart of the gospel. Like many believers today, not long after their conversion the Galatians were seduced, lured or enticed away from their faith in Christ alone…

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