verses for this week: 2 Pet 3:9 The Lord is
not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but
is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but
that all should come to repentance.
this is my favorite verse in the bible.
Last week in Chapter Two, Paul told of his third
trip to Jerusalem and how the Lord had given him a special direct
mentioned that today, you and I have to study to get our knowledge
of God’s Word. Chapter
2 closed with a record of the sermon Paul brought to the churches of
Antioch and Jerusalem.
I. The Gift of the Spirit
is by Faith
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?
3:2 This only would I
learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by
the hearing of faith?
Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now
made perfect by the flesh?
Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in
people do not know the truth, you understand why they live in a
lifestyle that brings hurt and anguish.
But when a person knows the truth, the man or woman who
refuses to follow the truth is truly foolish.
God does not give us the rules and commandments to hurt us,
but rather to set us free to have the most happy and successful life
John 8:32 And ye shall
know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
1 Samuel 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in
burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the
fat of rams.
asks them a good question in verse
2. Did they
receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or did it come by faith.
When you heard the Gospel and you believed unto salvation,
was that the works of the law or of faith.
Of course it was by faith.
It was not by following some law of rituals.
When you are saved, you receive the Holy Spirit.
He comes and dwells inside you, and your body
becomes his temple. Paul’s
apostolic power came by faith through the Holy Spirit.
Titus 3:5 Not
by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his
mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of
the Holy Ghost
For by grace
are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the
gift of God:
The Covenant of Abraham is by Faith
He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh
miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the
hearing of faith?
Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for
3:7 Know ye therefore
that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
3:8 And the scripture,
foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith,
preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all
nations be blessed.
3:9 So then they which
be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
promises that were made to Abraham and his seed were not by the
works of the law, but by faith.
We have read in James how that by his act of willingness to
offer Isaac, he was justified by his works.
James 2:21 Was not
Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his
son upon the altar?
James 2:22 Seest thou
how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made
James 2:23 And the
scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it
was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend
40 years prior to this, Abraham was saved and justified by faith.
Works came because of the faith, not in order to obtain
Romans 4:1 What
shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the
flesh, hath found? 2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath
whereof to glory; but not before God. 3 For what saith the
scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for
righteousness. 4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned
of grace, but of debt. 5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth
on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for
we have faith, verse 9 says our relationship to Abraham is called
“Blessed with faithful Abraham.”
Vernon McGee had this to say about Abraham.
the covenant depended on Abraham’s faithfulness—perhaps on his
saying his prayers every night—he might miss one night, and then
the promise would be no good. So God was the One who did all the
promising, and the covenant depended on God’s faithfulness.
over nineteen hundred years ago Jesus Christ went to the cross to
pay for your sins and mine. God is not asking you to say your
prayers or be a nice little Sunday school boy to be saved. He is
asking you to trust His Son who died for you. He
makes the contract. He is the One who makes the promise, the
covenant, and He will save you. That is the new contract, friend.
The old covenant He made with Abraham. Abraham believed God. He
said, “amen,” to God. Abraham believed, and it was accounted to
him for righteousness. God is still asking us to believe Him. Put
your trust in Christ and you will be saved. What a glorious picture
we have here.
God’s Law was Given to Show Man His Sinfulness
For as many as are of the works of the law are under the
curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in
all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God,
it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
3:12 And the law is not
of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
know that the law brings us to the knowledge of our sinful
condition. It does not
provide a way to become righteous, but it points out our sin.
Romans 3:19 Now we know
that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them 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 there shall no flesh be justified
in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
10 tells us that if a man continues under the law, he was cursed if
he did not continue in all things written in the law.
To offend in one point of the law meant to be guilty of all.
Verse 11 makes it clear that no man is justified by the law,
and that the just have to live by faith.
Verse 12 says that the law is not of faith at all.
James 2:10 For
whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he
is guilty of all.
Christ is Our Redeemer
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made
a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth
on a tree:
God that Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law.
By the sinless dying for the sinful, Jesus took the curse
upon himself and died on Calvary that we might have the penalty for
our sins paid. I
don’t think we many times realize how much Jesus did for us when
he died to allow us entrance into the presence of God.
There is nothing we could do to earn that right.
No law written that would deliver us from the penalty of sin.
And no man has ever kept all of the law except one, and that
was Jesus Christ.
That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles
through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the
Spirit through faith.
might ask, “When was Christ made a curse for us?” The answer is when he was crucified and died on Mt. Calvary.
Hanging between earth and heaven, Jesus built a bridge that
sinful man might come to God. He redeemed us from the curse of the law that the blessings
of Abraham might come on us through Christ.
The Law Did Not Effect the Promise
Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a
man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or
Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith
not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which
human covenant (or will) cannot be changed by someone after it is
signed. The promises
that were made to Abraham and his seed were made by God, and they
will not be broken.
When God said I will bless your seed, he was making a promise
of the one who would come to redeem sinful men, Jesus Christ.
And Christ came according to the Holy Scriptures and
fulfilled every jot and tittle of the law.
And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before
of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years
after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none
For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of
promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
law was given 430 years after the promise was made, and it cannot
void the promise that God made to Abraham.
Verse 18 emphasizes the point that if the inheritance came by
the law, then it wasn’t really by promise.
But we know and have read it many times, that the covenant
was given to Abraham by promise.
the King James Study Bible, they had this to say about the covenant.
The verse might be read as follows: “I say this:
the law, which appeared 430 years later, cannot void the covenant
earlier ratified by God, so as to make the promise ineffective.”
Paul’s point is this: If a human will, once confirmed, cannot be
altered (v. 15), how much less will the divine covenant be changed
430 years after its ratification by God. The Abrahamic covenant
promised justification by faith. In the 430 years between the giving
of this covenant and the law’s appearance, God justified man by
faith. When the law appeared, it did not—indeed, it could
not—void this principle of justification by faith. Had it done so,
the law would have made God’s promise of no effect.
The Purpose of the Law
Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of
transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was
made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
law was added because of our transgressions.
God had to have a way to show how far away we in our sinful
flesh have turned from His righteousness.
We know that we that are saved have a mediator that stands
between us and God, and that is none other but Jesus Christ.
It is like he is our lawyer and attorney standing between our
accusers and the judge. And
he can find mercy for us because of the blood he shed on Calvary.
Only that blood could take away our sin.
1 Timothy 2:5
there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man
Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for
if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily
righteousness should have been by the law.
But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the
promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that
But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up
unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto
Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a
spoke last week of how the law was used as our schoolmaster to make
us see our true position before the Father.
It did not and could not justify us, but by our faith in
Jesus Christ, we are justified.
And after we have that faith, we are no longer under the rule
of the law. I mentioned last week when we were out visiting for the
church that I am glad I didn’t live during the period known as the
dispensation of the law. I
doubt if I’d have lived to be 20 years of age before they stoned
me to death. Praise God
for His mercy and grace.
the Justified Believer is a Son of God
3:26 For ye are all the
children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
3:27 For as many of you
as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
enjoyed the comment our pastor made last week about how that every
person has at least two fathers, and many have three.
Those include our physical (human) father, our father the
devil when we were lost, and if saved, we now have a Heavenly
Father. We become the
children of God by faith in Christ.
Jesus warned the scribes that they were not of the Heavenly
Father or they would have believed on the one who was sent from God.
John 8:20 These words
spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man
laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come.
John 8:21 Then said
Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall
die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come.
John 8:22 Then said the
Jews, Will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye
John 8:23 And he said
unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this
world; I am not of this world.
John 8:24 I said
therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye
believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
…… John 8:42
Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love
me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of
myself, but he sent me.
John 8:43 Why do ye not
understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
John 8:44 Ye are of your
father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a
murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because
there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his
own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
John 8:45 And because I
tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor
free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ
And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs
according to the promise.
you belong to Christ, you are one of Abraham’s seed. We are made joint heirs with Christ when we are saved and
become the sons of God. Under
grace, there is no difference in male or female, nor in Jew or
Greek. Praise God that we the gentiles can be saved just like the
Jew. Under the law,
only the males were circumcised, and all Greek and bond men were
compelled to follow this rule of circumcision.
But after Christ, only faith is required to be accepted and
to become an heir according to the promise.
no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an
holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as
though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, 21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not; 22 Which all are to
perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and
humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the
satisfying of the flesh.
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