Lesson No. 552
Galatians Chapter 3
"The Just Shall Live by Faith"

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The law and faith
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? 2  This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? 4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. 5 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? 6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. 7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 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. 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. 10 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. 11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. 13 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: 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. The law and the promise 15 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 addeth thereto. 16 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 is Christ. 17 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 effect. 18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise. 19  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. 20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. 21 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. 22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. 23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. Sons of God through faith 26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28  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 Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Lesson No. 552           "The Just Shall Live by Faith"

 Galatians Chapter 3                                                    02/07/2021

1)      Paul asks who bewitched you?  Satan or flesh?  (verse 1)

2)      He asks a good question in verses 2 through 5- so how did you receive the Holy Spirit in you and workings of miracles among you?  Note the 'suffering' for the faith in verse 4.

3)      Verses 6 through 9 connects the dots for us....Abraham believed by faith, the promise is for all nations, so anyone of 'faith' is blessed along with Abraham.

4)      Why are those under the law cursed?  (Hint: verse 10)  Who are the 'just', what does that mean, and how does a person become just"  (verse 11)

5)      Paul then puts the law, our obedience to the law, and the blessing of Abraham- Jesus Christ, into proper perspective in verses 12-14.

6)      In verse 16, Paul is saying that Christ is the seed of salvation- eternal life.  Another verse talks about Jesus as the seed that died to spring forth harvest.  How can both be true?  Ever plant a dry, apparently dead seed and watch it grow into a young, green, vibrant plant?

7)      So how long was it from the promise to Abraham until the fulfillment which was Christ?  (Hint: verse 17)

8)      What is the 'inheritance' and how did God give it?  (Hint: verse 18)

9)      Let's follow Paul's discussion from verse 19 through 25.  It's clear how the law is alive and well today, and it serves the intended purpose, even for the 'just'.

10)  Who are we?  (verse 26)  And who have we 'put on'? (verse 27)

11)  And who does the promise and thus salvation apply to?  (verse 28)

12)  So since verse 29 says by faith (and lineage) Abraham is a Sethite, so by faith, what are we according to the promise? (we too are of Abraham and Sethites!)

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