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Already Free (Part 8)
Series: Already Free, A Study on the Book of Galatians
We are in chapter 3 of Galatians, and we are going over each argument that the apostle Paul presents as to why and how we should live free in Christ. Last week we learned that our faith is greater than our works. Today let's talk about why God's promises are greater than our works.
In Galatians 3:15-18 we read:
“Brothers and sisters, let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case. The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person, who is Christ. What 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. For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on the promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.” Galatians 3:15-18 (NIV)
In Genesis we find that God made a covenant to bless Abraham and all his descendants. This was an unconditional covenant, meaning all the responsibility was on God to fulfill it. All Abraham needed to do was believe that promise. So Paul points out that the Law of Moses—all the rules we find in the Old Testament, including the ten commandment—do not discount the promise of Abraham. What Paul means is this: if God promised to save us by grace through faith, He's not then going to turn around and be like, “Never mind that promise, you now have to earn your salvation by works and by fulfilling the complete Law.” Paul is reminding the Galatians that God is not going to go back on His word. Salvation is a gift from God, He's not going to ...
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