The Promise of God or the Command of God | 2020-10-25
Spiritual truth is different than physical truth. In chapters one and two Paul’s defense of his apostleship, ministry and confrontation with Peter. End of chapter 2 we talked about justification by faith.
This is spiritual truth- not necessarily something that can be proven, nonetheless true. (II Corinthians 4:18)
Chapter 3: 1-19 (NLT)
Verse 1: Foolish Galatians, you accepted it as if you were right there.
Verse 2: you chose to believe and you received the Holy Spirit.
Verse 3-5: Started your new life in the spirit, and now you are trying to do this on your own? Was this in vain? (Acts 10: 44-46 outward manifestation of an inward change) If you aren’t perfect, can you make yourself perfect? You are experiencing miracles and have the Holy Spirit not because of what you have done but because of your belief!
Verse 6: Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness because of his faith.
Verse 7-9: Real children of Abraham are those who put their faith in God and share in the same blessing Abraham received because of his faith. First time that Gentiles are afforded same blessing that Abraham was given (spiritual truth).
Verse 10-14: No one can be made right through the law— only through the cross (salvation)! If you think salvation comes from keeping the law, then you are doomed! No one can keep the law! (James 2:10 and Deuteronomy 27:26)
Verse 15-18: Part of perfection is keeping your word- and we live in a society starved for truth. God kept his promise to Abraham— the law came 430 years after the promise given to Abraham, but that didn’t cancel the promise given to Abraham— God fulfilled that promise in Christ (and we are now that seed, Christ in us and God sees us when He looks at us)— “I have come that they might have life and life more abundantly”. The promise is fulfilled in Christ.
Galatians 3:19: law given to show us our sins.
Message Based Questions:
Do you rely on the law or faith or both? How would relying on works or law impact your freedom? How much of your righteousness is self-righteous behavior? Why is it that you do (and don’t do) certain things? Are you trying to earn God’s approval, or are you living in light of the fact that you have been freely accepted?
The Jews had come to believe that they obtained a right relationship with God through observing the law handed down by Moses. But Paul shows that Abraham had a relationship with God through faith, and that this relationship was secured by the death of Christ. What was the purpose of the law? How would it make you feel to discover that everything you had ever worked for was now available for free?
What does it mean that Jesus became a curse for us? What was the result of this? Why is Christ’s redemptive work effective for both Jews and Gentiles? (3:14)