"I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Amen. Made perfect by the flesh. There is no place for racial prejudice. After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goalby human effort? No person is accepted for any other reason than faith. What we have learned from Romans 6 and 7 is that when we trusted in Christ as our Savior and Lord (as our Treasure! NIV 1 You foolish Galatians! We have moved from the dominion of darkness into the kingdom of God's Son (Colossians 1:13). 2:11–22). This means that a Gentile slave woman would have exactly the same rights in the eyes of God as a Jewish free man. The Bible questions are not trivia. A Bible. GWN  Galatians 3:29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's descendants and heirs, as God promised. The ground is level at the foot of the cross. If ye fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, 'Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,' but if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors." Phillips  And if you belong to Christ, you are true descendants of Abraham, you are true heirs of his promise. 3 Are you so foolish? iii. Education? "), In Romans 4 Paul explains that Abraham "received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while uncircumcised, so that he might be the father of all who believe without being circumcised, that righteousness might be credited to them." 2:16; cf. Paul asks, “Are you so foolish to try to become perfect with your own power?”, “Does God give you his Spirit and does miracles because you obey the law or because you believe?”. "He will remind them not only that they received the Spirit at the beginning of their Christian life but also that this is to be understood as a sign of a new stage in God's plan of salvation"(Jervis 79).The fact is that "the spirit is the life and guide of the Christian"'(Jervis 80). Jeremiah 31:31-34-note explains that those promises revolve around total forgiveness of our sin and the implantation of a new heart (Ezek 11:19-note, Ezek 36:26-note) that gives us a desire to obey God (Ezek 36:27-note, Php 2:13NLT-note). ESV  Galatians 3:29 And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise. that you have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation." This is "Galatians 3 Application" by Greg Ponchot on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them. Thus, the Spirit's work in and through Israel cannot be used as a pattern to depict the believer's normative experience with the Holy Spirit in the present age (John 7:37-39; 14:16-17; Acts 1:5). God promised some things to all the physical descendants of Abraham (e.g., Gen. 12:1–3, 7). life. v.22 The Scripture says that everyone is condemned to sin, so that the covenant, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, may be given to those who have faith. Dallas: Texas. Longenecker, N. Richard.       •      because they are ever so different from Christ In verse 8 "Paul's answer to the Judaizers' insistence that if all nations are to be blessed in Abraham, then the Galatian Christians must be related to Abraham"'(Longenecher 115). Let us take some time today and the following days to remember the promise that was made through Christ. v.29 Providing you belong to Christ, then you are Abrahams kin, and inheritors of the covenant. Thirteenth, Israel's judgment will take place on earth, at the end of the Tribulation period, in the wilderness (Ezek 20:33-44). The Scripture does not say "and to seeds," meaning many people, but "and to your seed," meaning one person, who is Christ. 29If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. 4Have you suffered so much for nothing—if it really was for nothing? In the Bible there is no word for "person.'' “there is no distinction between Jew and Greek,” “for the same Lord is Lord of all,” Romans 10:12. there can be no male and female:—i.e., distinction of sex does not obtain in Christ; woman, no less than man, finds in Him her Savior and her ....sex is not a barrier to salvation, nor is it a hindrance to the development of the graces of the Christian life. Fourteenth, although the gates of the New Jerusalem are named after the twelve tribes (Rev 21:12), who were the foundations of Israel, the foundations of the eternal city are named after the twelve apostles (Rev 21:14) who are the foundations of the church (Eph 2:20). This map shows all Four of Paul's missions. The law could not justify; it could only condemn (Gal 3:10-12). Cp. According to the scripture, the promise is what we should value. Decisive and irrevocable, Yes! v.26 You are all children of God through faith in Jesus Christ, v.27 for all of you who were baptized were also clothed in Christ. "Faith is the state of being captivated, but in a way that involves all one's faculties"(Williams 84). For all who know Jesus, there is a shared bond, a oneness (union) in Christ (Gal. Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. Let us take in account the lesson that Paul was teaching us. Jews, and Gentiles who had to become Jews to enter Israel, made up Israel. "There is neither male nor female." By contrast, the church does not have a priesthood because it is a priesthood (Rev 1:6). If you are an heir, you have a legal right to an inheritance. We must let Moses send us to Christ" (The Message of Galatians [London: Inter-Varsity, 1968], p. 102). The law could not change the fact that righteousness always comes by faith in God's promises (Gal 3:15-18). πάντες γὰρ ὑμεῖς εἷς ἐστε ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ. In Christ we are all one. "Hearing means more than noting that something has been spoken; it means understanding and responding to what is heard"(Jervis 80). (MacArthur New Testament Commentary – Galatians), Kenneth Wuest has a good point that the problem in Galatia was not over the promise of land but of life, of salvation. This spiritual paternity does away with the current Jewish notion of physical paternity. Theologian and founder of Dallas Theological Seminary, Lewis Sperry Chafer, noted twenty-four differences between Israel and the church.1 Here are a few. All that matters is that we all grow into the image of Christ—love, accept and become more and more the brothers and sisters of God. Galatians 3:15-22 God’s Promise: Why the Law? The key lesson is that we have to be humble and continually depend on Christ rather than ourselves. Galatians Chapter 4 4 lectures • 26min. Abraham, he says, is “the father of us all” (Ro 4:16-note). "Paul addresses the Galatians not as 'brothers' but as Galatians" (Williams 82). Praise God that He brings a bond of unity to all who know Him as Savior. The ways that we follow the law instead of God's promise is by following politics, government, polity of the Church, and the laws in the Bible that are no longer in effect due to God's promise through Abraham. The image helps to explain how we mature as God's children. GWN  Galatians 3:28 There are neither Jews nor Greeks, slaves nor free people, males nor females. This page was last edited on 4 September 2020, at 18:56. Are you trying to get to your goal through human effort and not the spirit? We passed from death to (eternal!) Empty, the tongue of the tra… declaration to do something which came to be associated with the implication of obligation to carry out what is stated and thus the meaning of a promise, pledge or offer. Paul wants to teach the Galatians to observe the law so they can perfect the salvation in Christ(591). These uses include natural seed (Gen 12:1-3, 7), natural spiritual seed (Isa 41:8, Rom 9:6, 8), spiritual seed (Gal 3:6-9, 29) and the ultimate seed (Gal 3:16; Heb 2:16-17). Paul reminds the Galatians of the graphic depiction he had given them of Jesus on the cross. Abingdon Press. Thus, the promise is the singular blessing of justification by faith alone rather than a taking over of all of the provisions of the Abrahamic Covenant. We pay no attention to his color, nationality, sex, social status, or any other differences. 1: a usu. He said, "Sometimes our prejudice erodes into our faith," and that's what happened here. But final and perfect, No! 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Paul wants to make sure that the Judaizers take scripture so that "they would have regarded as authoritative in common with all the early Christians"'(Guthrie 95). Verse 5 is a summary of verse 2-4. If You Are Christ's, You Are Heirs of the Promise. This must have been glorious news for the Galatian Christians, for in their society slaves were considered to be only pieces of property; women were kept confined and disrespected; and Gentiles were constantly sneered at by the Jews....This does not mean that our race, political status, or sex is changed at conversion; but it does mean that these things are of no value or handicap when it comes to our spiritual relationship to God through Christ. Cleon Rogers - It does not mean that the believer receives the land promises of Abraham, but rather that he partakes of the blessing of justification which is through faith, the universal blessing promised to Abraham for the whole world. 11Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, "The righteous will live by faith." We know Jesus Christ! The LAW is not the basis of God’s judgment of man. But ye have despised the poor. GNT  Galatians 3:29 εἰ δὲ ὑμεῖς Χριστοῦ, ἄρα τοῦ Ἀβραὰμ σπέρμα ἐστέ, κατ᾽ ἐπαγγελίαν κληρονόμοι. It explains that by faith we can receive the promise made by the Holy Spirit. He wound up diving out of a third-story window and killing himself. Brown, F., Driver, S. R., & Briggs, C. A. Zondervan. (Dallas: Dallas Seminary, 1948; reprint, [8 vols. (Ro 4:11) What is the promise in Romans 4? In my day, Christ has already come, and I can look back in history and say, “Nineteen hundred years ago the Son of God came and died on the cross for me that I might have life, and I trust Him.” Some time ago I had the privilege of speaking to a group of wonderful Jewish folk, and I started by saying, “Well, it is always a privilege for me to speak to the sons of Abraham.” And they all smiled. (Strong, J.). We are all saved through Christ and we should be following His promise through Abraham and not the law, which is what the Galatians were doing. 4 Imeanthattheheir,aslongasheisachild,isnodifferentfromaslave,1thoughheistheownerofeverything,2 but… "There is neither Jew nor Greek." Is it because you obey the law or just hear it? We tend to forget that we don't need to always follow all those other laws but ultimately the knowledge of God's promise made through Abraham. Regarding Simeon, Niger, indicating the possibility that he himself was black and one of the five pastors there. If we are ?in Christ? Jesus was crucified right in front of you. Strong, J. Why is there a curse associated with hanging on a tree? The LAW , whose ministry is one of condemnation, was not intended to express God’s attitude towards man. The PROMISES are a ministry of salvation. Or will he say: "You are not decisively and irrevocably new and must fight to get to that place in Christ"? It is one who receives something as a possession or a beneficiary (the person named as in an insurance policy to receive proceeds or benefits). Slave and free walk hand in hand into the family of God. 1. "Paul removes all who adhere to the observance of the Mosaic law for righteousness before God from the "mode of existence" conditioned by faith"(Longenecher 116). [1] Lewis Sperry Chafer, Systematic Theology, 8 vols. under seal between two or more parties esp. Abraham was the foreseeing of the gospel, which is one reason why Paul makes the connection between Abraham's faith and the Christian faith(96).This is like it says it verse 7. "The Spirit is central to the Galatians' self-understanding of their Christian life"(Jervis 80). APPLY THE WORD Galatians 3:28 captures the tremendous reality of believers' unity in Christ. The law was put into effect through angels by a mediator. We were in a small way kindred spirits because of our shared love for that beautiful island nation. Since believers have entered into relationship with Christ, they must consequently have a share in the same state, and must likewise be Abraham's seed."       •      because they are ever so imperfect, Yet, Jesus Christ accepts them. The justification of the heathen is in Jesus Christ, because they believed. 3Are you so foolish? By contrast, the only judgment the New Testament reveals for the church is the Bema Seat judgment of rewards in heaven following the rapture (Rom 14:10; 1 Cor 3:10-15; 2 Cor 5:10). Only our faith in Jesus. The church began on the day of Pentecost, not in the Old Testament (Acts 1:5; 11:15–16; 1 Cor. "—Galatians 3:26-27. were buried with Christ, Colossians 2:12; were quickened with Christ, Ephesians 2:5; are seated with Christ in the heavenlies, Ephesians 2:6; are to be manifested with Christ in glory, Colossians 3:4. In God's pattern for the church and for the home, the man is to rule and the woman is to be submissive. NET  Galatians 3:29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's descendants, heirs according to the promise. Andy Woods - (from spiritandtruth.org - Galatians Study) Many will use this text to argue for replacement theology (See also Topic: Replacement Theology). BBE  Galatians 3:29 And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and yours is the heritage by the right of God's undertaking given to Abraham. In the Christian church you might have a slave who was an elder giving spiritual oversight to a slave owner. 5 So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the … just as you are in fact unleavened.". 17What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise. Our decisive judgment is behind us - at Golgotha (John 5:24). "Name'' is used for "person.'' Since we are now members of God’s family, we have a right to all that God has promised to His children. Christians are Christians; we are in Christ, the Seed of Abraham (cf. ESV  Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Paul also is trying to contrast the difference between observing the law and believing(Jervis 79). In Paul's own language he "would say, "Abraham believed/trusted God, and he was justified by his faith"(88). In Acts 13:1, we find that the pastors of the church in Antioch, five of them are listed, one of them (Simeon)is mentioned. Galatians 3:1-5: Ministries of the Holy Spirit- 1, Galatians 3:1-5: Ministries of the Holy Spirit- 2, Galatians 3:1-5: Ministries of the Holy Spirit- 3, Galatians 3:1-5 Bewitched: An Argument from Experience, Galatians 3:13-14 Cursed by Works or Blessed by Faith, Galatians Commentary - Verse by Verse online, Wayne Barber's in depth discussion of foolish, Stand Fast in Liberty - Exposition of Galatians, Reformed Expository Commentary - Galatians, Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. You say, "Well, that's part of Paul's problem. NKJ  Galatians 3:29 And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. Was Jesus crucified on a cross, pole, or stake? The word suffer "has two possible meanings: neutral experience, and suffering"'(Jervis 81). Nevertheless God has dealt with different groups of them and has had different purposes for them as groups in various periods of human history. "And ye have respect to him that weareth the fine clothing, and say unto him, 'Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, 'Stand thou there, or sit here under my feet', are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? The same thing is true regarding social classes. After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort? In John 10:16, where the Lord speaks of gathering His sheep from the different “folds” into “one flock,” the final gathering is in view, “they that are Christ’s at His Parousia,” 1 Corinthians 15:23. "Paul consistently insists, not through human effort of any type but by the gracious activity of God now displayed in the person and work of Christ"(591). We are not yet perfect nor have we already obtained our crown and prize (Philippians 3:12). John Piper Apr 24, 1983 78 Shares Sermon. Here's a Bible study quiz from Galatians chapters 3 and 4. that all true faith in God is a unity"(Guthrie 94). ""Through faith"" should be underscored because again and again in this epistle the apostle means to emphasize faith as opposed to works. Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? He ends his letter reminding the foolish Galatians that they are all Sons of God. It omits the two clauses ‘that ye should not obey the truth’ and ‘among you.’ The omission increases the sharpness of the thrust of the interrogation, whilst it loses nothing of the meaning. Guthrie reminds us that there are many places were people were suffering because of there faith in Christ (93). How did you receive the Spirit? Word Books, Publisher. As Paul previously stated, Christ is the Seed of Abraham (Gal 3:16, 19); therefore being in Christ makes a believer a part of that seed and an heir of the promise to Abraham. KJV  Galatians 3:29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. (Bible Exposition Commentary), Donald Campbell - Third, believers in Christ are Abraham?s seed. Definitely not! Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. They are two trains running on separate railroad tracks. The law was only added due to the transgression we had but since Jesus Christ came to give us another chance we should not have to worry about the law anymore. This way Paul can give an example of a person that the Galatians know and show them how Abraham believed in God(94). (Friberg, 109). The Law created differences and distinctions, not only between individuals and nations, but also between various kinds of foods and animals. This struck me as a reminder of an even greater camaraderie—the joy of meeting someone new and discovering that he or she is also a believer in Christ. 2I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? listen and worship our Glorious Redeemer, the Lamb of God. 1 Cor. Observation will confirm the continuing existence of Jew and Greek, male and female. Oliver Otis Howard, a New England abolitionist, served as a general in the Union Army during the Civil War. Covenant: Then righteousness would have been made by the law. Abraham brought a little animal to sacrifice, which looked forward to the coming of the Son of God, the supreme sacrifice. The Galatians are not being rational by just rejecting the truth and the grace of God (590). The passage continues in 4:1-11 with a discussion and application of the concept of sonship. Grace sets us in the liberty of the sons of God. Paul calls them by name, because they need to see the need not to be misled (91). Part of the prayer went like this: I thank God that You have not made me a Gentile, a slave, or a woman...So Paul takes a straight shot at that and says, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, bond or free, male or female." In the process they have also ""put on Christ"" or ""clothed"" themselves with Christ. Seventeenth, the Holy Spirit indwelt and filled Old Testament Jews selectively (Joel 2:28), temporarily (1 Sam 16:14; Ps 51:11), and subsequent to salvation to enable for a special purpose (Exod 31:3). In some why Paul is trying to remind the Galatians of their foolish behavior(93). From Wikibooks, open books for an open world. We are told to look at his life and try to model it. “Before faith came”: From the viewpoints of both the history of redemption and through all times in the area of individual salvation (verses 19, 24-25; 4:1-4), only saving faith unlocks the door of the prison where the law keeps men bound. There are no divisions in the body of Christ on the basis of race, ethnic origin, skin color or national origin. Paul said, “For those of you baptized into the faith, you’re now wearing the Messiah like you’d wear a new set of clothes” (3:27). Paul asserts that this privilege comes to one by faith in Christ. in 4], Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1993), 4:47-53. Romans 2:11 says, "There is no respect of persons with God." The statement is an affirmation of the impartial nature of the love of God in salvation (cf. In this verse Paul still goes through and talks about Abraham and how we need to focus of the faith of Abraham(Guthrie 95). by faith, then we too are Abraham's seed spiritually speaking. All alike have become “heirs,” Abraham’s spiritual offspring, because they are in Christ Jesus according to faith in the promise, not according to works of the law. The law was put into effect through angels by a mediator. Acts 10:34, 35). Conversely, He will return to rescue the church at the rapture (John 14:1-3). "Now the law has been separated from faith, and it is with faith, not the law, that righteousness comes" (91). London,England:1973. Every Church Age believer is a priest with direct access to God the Father through God the Son. In some places, this is not unusual because there are many believers. (Collected Writings), Warren Wiersbe on “All one in Christ Jesus”—what a tremendous claim! 1You foolish Galatians! Then, finding himself hemmed in, he reversed his field. A sinner who rejects Christ, goes to the Lake of Fire for all eternity, not because he has broken God’s laws, for his sin is paid for. Paul's first argument of faith rather than law is drawn from the Galatians'common experience of the Holy Spirit. These are the Gentiles who believe and become Abraham?s spiritual seed. YLT  Galatians 3:28 there is not here Jew or Greek, there is not here servant nor freeman, there is not here male and female, for all ye are one in Christ Jesus; NAB  Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. This is no contradiction to the equality and unity we experience “in Christ,” which transcends all racial, ethnic, social, national or sexual distinctions. ", Robert Dean concludes that "according to Gal 3:29 if you belong to Christ you are a believer and an heir according to the promise, i.e. "Paul is calling to mind for the Galatians their positive experiences with regard to the gospel and the activity of the Spirit among them"(Longman 591). This is not a reference to the promises given to Abraham regarding the land (Gen. 12:1; 13:14-15; 17:8), but refers to the spiritual blessings that come to all who, being justified by faith just as Abraham was (Ge 15:6; Ro 4:3-11), will inherit the spiritual promises given to Abraham. Galatians 3:21-25. v.19 What is the purpose of the covenant? In this verse Paul "stresses that it is a faith that replicates Abraham's faith which brings righteousness before God"'(Longman 594). They are all heirs according to that promise, which is fulfilled in Christ. Seventy thousand fans watched Reigels dumbfounded as Graham McNamee, the radi… Thus James declares that “partiality cannot exist with the Father of Lights,” James 1:17-note; and Paul asks “could it be possible that there did not exist one wise man in the Church at Corinth?” 1 Corinthians 6:5. The people who work under the law are cursed because they are under the law(89). Having begun in the Spirit. Complete Biblical Library Greek-English Dictionary, Philippians 1 - William Barclay's Daily Study Bible, Spirit-Filled Believers Are Like Artesian Wells, Exploring Galatians: An Expository Commentary, Free at Last: Experiencing True Freedom Through Your Identity in Christ, What Ever Happened to the Holy Spirit? Longman III, Tremper, and Garland,E. Application for Today . Galatians 3:26-29  TODAY IN THE WORD Believer's Study Bible - Paul’s assertion does not obliterate social or role distinctions. "First, the Galatians' "hearing of faith" mirrors Abraham's believing/trusting God"(85). Galatians 3:23-29 Under the Law or in Christ? We were able to go only one block before we had to stop. v.25 Now that faith has come, we are no longer condemned to the law. Ro 9:6, 8-note). The first is present, an already accomplished fact in Christ—life; the second is a process in course of accomplishment in the power of the Holy Spirit—character. Paul wants to make the connection that law is not apart of faith, but you have faith then you follow the law(Guthrie 97). Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law. — Galatians 3:28, When I needed a locksmith to get into my car, I had a pleasant surprise. "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." 3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be glory for ever and ever. What a miracle it is, dear Lord, that You can bring together people of all tribes, tongues, and nations to be like-minded in Christ—to share a bond of love and affection for Jesus. ", Romans 13:14, "But put on the Lord Jesus Christ.

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