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#184792 - 08/04/17 11:55 PM Re: Third Quarter 2017 The Gospel in Galatians [Re: dedication]
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The Priority of God's Promises.

Scripture has many wonderful promises -- do we read them, claim them, and praise God for them?

What are some of your favorite scriptural promises?

Here are some wonderful promises:

Isaiah 26:3

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”

Matthew 11:28-29

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Romans 8:18

“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

John 1:12, 13

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Jude 1:24

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

Hebrews 13:5

He has promised, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
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#184912 - 08/12/17 10:19 PM Re: Third Quarter 2017 The Gospel in Galatians [Re: dedication]
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Originally Posted By: APL
Galatians 3:21 - is the law against the promises of God? NO WAY! For is a law had been given that could make alive, righteousness would certainly be from the law.

Galatians 3:22 - But the scripture has locked up everything together under sin, in order that the promises by the faith of Jesus Christ, might be given to those that believe.

Galatians 3:23 - Now before this faith came (the faith of Jesus Christ), we were continually held captive under law, being locked up together, until the approaching faith would be reveal,

Galatians 3:24 - for this reason, the law was our "boy-leader" having led us to Christ, in order that we might be justified from faith.

Galatians 3:25 - now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.

Contrast Law with the Promises:

Law: I'll do it, locked up, held captive, guardian

Promises - God will do it, He has done it, it is the Faith of Jesus, this faith is the Faith of Jesus, we are justified by the Faith of Jesus.

Philippians 2:13 For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Yes, those texts were today's lesson scripture.
Though not quite sure what translation APL used, it reads somewhat differently from my Bible versions.

What do those texts mean?

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#184913 - 08/12/17 10:44 PM Re: Third Quarter 2017 The Gospel in Galatians [Re: dedication]
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Galatians 3:21
Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid.

Right here Paul is saying the law is NOT in opposition to God's promises. A lot of people seem to think the two are in opposition -- but that is not the case.
In fact, were it not for the law, people wouldn't feel a need for the gospel.

Romans 3:31 " 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

Paul does not do away with the binding nature of God's moral law! The law defines sin. And it continues to do so.

Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
Romans 7:7 What shall we say then? is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

So, Paul is NOT pushing God's moral law aside. But he is addressing a problem. What is that problem?

Galatians 3:21-22 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

The problem was thinking they could cover their sinfulness by law keeping. All are under sin -- all have sinned. All are under the condemnation of death. The law cannot give us life because the law cannot forgive those who transgress, it can only condemn the transgressor.

We can go back to Eden to help us understand.
There we see Adam and Eve in perfect harmony with the Creator. They were clothed in the in beautiful garments of righteousness -- light.
But then, they transgressed God's command. What happened to that beautiful garment of righteousness? It disappeared!
Sensing their nakedness they quickly picked some nice large fig leaves and stitched them together to make for themselves garments. Yet when Christ came to the garden to be with them they ran and hid. Why? Adam says, " I was afraid, because I was naked;" Yet, they had those nice green garments of leaves didn't they? Yet, they still sensed their nakedness.
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This is what the transgressors of God's law have done ever since the day of Adam and Eve's disobedience. They have sewed together fig leaves to cover the nakedness caused by transgression. They have worn the garments of their own devising, by works of their own they have tried to cover their sins, and make themselves acceptable with God. {COL 311.1}
But this they can never do. Nothing can man devise to supply the place of his lost robe of innocence. No fig-leaf garment, no worldly citizen dress, can be worn by those who sit down with Christ and angels at the marriage supper of the Lamb. {COL 311.2}
Only the covering which Christ Himself has provided can make us meet to appear in God's presence. This covering, the robe of His own righteousness, Christ will put upon every repenting, believing soul. "I counsel thee," He says, "to buy of Me . . . white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear." Revelation 3:18. {COL 311.3}

The fig leaves represent our attempts to justify our disobedience.
How do we attempt to justify self? With excuses? Trying to bargain with God -- thinking some good deeds offset our disobedience?
But those fig leaves will never cover or remove our sins. We are still in the shame of our sinful nakedness. Only Christ can cloth us in the beautiful garments of righteousness.

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#184914 - 08/12/17 11:52 PM Re: Third Quarter 2017 The Gospel in Galatians [Re: dedication]
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3:22 But the scripture has concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

What is the promise?

Gal 3:29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.

Romans 4:13 For the promise to Abraham and to his descendants that he would inherit the world was not fulfilled through the law, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.

Acts 13:23 From the descendants of this man, God has brought to Israel the Savior Jesus, as He promised.

The promise --
The coming Savior, the Messiah Who would save from sin.
The righteousness that comes by faith.
The inheritance of this world in the future

One thing that about human nature -- we need to feel a need before we pursue a remedy.
People who think they are righteous and in need of nothing are the hardest people to reach with the gospel.
So yes, God thundered His law from Mount Sinai, to alert people to the extent of their sin and the awesome righteousness of God. Do we see the wide gap? Do we sense our need for a Savior.
It is those who come to Christ fully aware of their sinfulness and in repentance claim His blood of forgiveness, that love Him the most.
And these God, through His Holy Spirit can restore onto the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.

3:23 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 before faith came,....
This does not mean that OT people had no faith, or that they were saved by works. Old Testament saints had faith in a coming Redeemer, Adam, Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaiah, Daniel, etc. believed in the coming Savior, and were justified by faith in his righteousness, as we are.

It is much better to understand that Jesus Christ, as the foundation of that faith, came and it all became so much clearer and real! Christ, the object of faith, who was to come, and is come in the flesh, to fulfill the law; and by so doing bestows upon the repentant, believing person His pardoning grace and His merits of righteousness.

Before Christ came the Jews, and Paul was one, were "kept by the law" they were kept distinct and separate from the rest of the nations of the world and so were preserved in some measure both from their pagan and idolatrous ways. It was through them the Messiah was to come. They were a people expecting His coming!
They were kept under law as persons under a guard, keeping them close to the discharge of their duty as God's representatives on earth.

The purpose was always to point them to Christ.
To welcome Him when He came in the flesh.
To accept Him as their Redeemer and Savior from sin.

3:25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

Do we need someone to drive us to Christ?
The law still does that.
But once we accept Him, we shouldn't need the law to drive us, we should rejoice in His Salvation.

The law is revelation of God's character, a small view of His righteousness! As Sons and daughters, children of God, forgiven and cleansed we want to glorify God by exhibiting His character to the world! That means exhibiting the principles of His Holy law!

This we can only do if we abide in Him, and He with us.

It's not just a passive relationship. It is an active faith, laying hold on the arm of omnipotent power, " let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily ensnare us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2-3

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