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GALATIANS CHAPTER 3

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1 You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?

 

Gal 3,1-14

(174d) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Self righteousness >> Trying to please God by your own good works – Paul is saying that anyone who tries to justify himself through his own righteousness is practicing a form of witchcraft. Paul thus declared the works of the flesh to be witchcraft if a person has a mind to use them to seek favor with God. In fact, doing anything to seek favor with God outside His council is witchcraft. The only thing we can do that avoids the pitfalls of witchcraft is obeying the Holy Spirit. We need to find out what God wants us to do and do it; we need to discover our ministry and fulfill it. We need to perform the works that God has prepared for us from the foundation of the world. This is the only way to avoid walking in the ways of darkness and evil. Doing our own will, what we think is right, no matter how good it seems or how many people we may be helping, if the Holy Spirit hasn’t led us to do it, we aren't pleasing God, because we are not fulfilling what He called us to do, which He promises will bear more fruit than any of our own ideas.

(199c) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Frustrating the grace of God >> Frustrating Jesus >> Frustrating the Holy Spirit

Gal 3,1-9

(105g) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Led by the Spirit into the will of God >> Led to the right place – The Galatians in the past had suffered, and Paul testified then that they were walking in the Spirit, suggesting that anyone who walks in the Spirit will suffer persecution. When we walk by the Spirit, there are only three who understand your ways: you, God, and your fellow brethren who are also walking by the Spirit. The rest of the world is not able to understand you, and what is worse you become loathsome to them. The world understands itself along with the many and varying spirits that control the world, but there is one Spirit the world does not understand, but hates—the Holy Spirit. For this reason the world persecutes those who walk by the Spirit. We become foreign to the world, like an alien from another planet. This is how false teachers were able to convince the Galatians to abandon the Spirit: if they did, their suffering would subside. This is what false teachers will do to you if you let them; they will talk you out of walking in the Spirit and seek to enslave you by the elementary principles of your flesh, first by the desires of your carnal nature, and then by the fear and torment that closely follows. They will teach you instead of listening for the voice of the Holy Spirit and doing what He says to instead trust in circumcision or trust in baptism or trust in your belief system, etc. The only thing that attracts the blessing of God in your life is living and walking by the Spirit; that is the only way to please God. 

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Gal 3,1-7

(3b) Responsibility >> Avoid offending God >> Get out of His way >> Quit believing lies – Paul was telling the Galatians to quit believing lies. They were listening to the wrong people telling them things that would get them ensnared in the flesh. There are things that people would tell you that if you did them would lead you away from the freedom of Christ and toward bondage to your fleshly mind, to fear and torment, where there is no rest or peace. The only rest is in Christ doing His will, and to do His will we must first discover it. At some point the Galatians took power from the Spirit and handed it to their false teachers who were leading them astray.

(35g) Gift of God >> God gives Himself to us >> Jesus sends the Holy Spirit – Paul cut to the chase when he asked the Galatians, “How did you receive the Spirit?” We must have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us in order to go to heaven, making this the most important question in Christianity. It is the very definition of being born-again, and there is no such thing as a Christian who is not born of God. He asked the most important question “how” to receive the Holy Spirit. Did we receive Him by doing something good, by keeping the commandments, by avoiding sin, or did we receive Him “by hearing with faith?” Some think if they keep their sin level low enough, the Holy Spirit will automatically dwell in them, but that is not what the Bible says. Paul said He comes to dwell in us by hearing the word of God and believing in Him.

(56a) Paradox >> Lose by gaining >> Gain your idea of wealth to lose God’s wealth – The Galatians wanted their relationship with God to be deserved, so they could decide what to do with God, how far they would go with Him and how they would chose to live. The Galatians were attempting to gain power and control over their spiritual lives at the cost of the truth and at the cost of the plans and purposes God had for them throughout all eternity. Paul quoted an Old Testament verse, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him” (1Cor 2-9; taken from Isaiah 64-4). The Galatians just wanted a fix; they didn’t want to believe they were so evil they needed a mercy gift from God because they were incapable of fixing themselves. The Galatians just wanted a little push and they would be good-to-go, but man’s sin problem goes far deeper than that, reaching into the very root of a person’s soul. A little push just isn’t going to do it; we need something from God that is so great and so awesome that there is no way we can ever possibly deserve it; we need something that would fix us all the way down to the root; we need the blood of Christ! We need the Holy Spirit to come and dwell in us. The Holy Spirit is a gift; how could we deserve Him? If He is undeserved, then we must receive Him “by hearing with faith.”

(88b) Thy kingdom come >> Faith produces works >> Relationship between faith and works >> The work of faith – All the apostles were in agreement with Paul’s version of the gospel of Christ, even though he seemed to contradict them, namely James who also quoted this verse. Genesis 15-6 says, “Then he believed in the Lord; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.” James came to a completely different conclusion, “Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, ‘And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,’ and he was called the friend of God” (Jm 2,21-23). It would seem there is a contradiction, for they cannot both be right, can they? Actually, it is just a matter of perspective. The fact is, Abraham had every intension of obeying God when he believed in Him, and this was Paul’s point: faith implies works. 

(117e) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Rest in Jesus (Sabbath) >> Let Jesus do the work >> Let Him work on you – Paul talked about hearing with faith. That is partly because they weren’t able to read it; not everyone had a Bible back then. There was a single manuscript they read to the Church assembly, and this is how they would hear the word of God. They either put the Scriptures to memory or transcribed it for their personal copy, but paper (parchment) was scarce back then. We hear the word of God; we believe what it says, and the Holy Spirit is able to work through His word to lead us into His will. We should never replace the Holy Spirit with the most eloquent of teachers or another human being. The Holy Spirit is our only true teacher. There are those who will encourage us, but that is all they can do. They cannot be our Holy Spirit, and we should never let anyone assume that role. If someone says, ‘this is what you must do to attract the blessing of God in your life…’ do not believe him. There are some things that are the same for each person, such as, we all need to be born again, but there is the specific will of God for each person, and nobody knows it but God, and the only way we can learn His will is to befriend the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.

(132f) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holy Spirit is in God’s people >> God gives his spirit as a pledge >> God pledges His Spirit – James taught in Jm 2,21-23 that the reckoning of righteousness was appended to Abraham's works after he performed them, whereas Paul attributed righteousness to faith. That is, we give faith to God as a pledge of our performance, while God gives His righteousness (His Holy Spirit) as a pledge of our faith. In other words, God believes in us and we believe in Him. He doesn’t wait to see if we will obey Him before He hands over His precious Holy Spirit. Although He could look into the archives of His foreknowledge to see what we will do, He chooses not to work with us on those terms. He prefers to weave the infinite into the finite. The Galatians were saying that we first must show God our works before we can receive anything from Him, and Paul said “No!” Paul went to great pains to show the difference between these two interpretations, that it was absolutely critical to believe God pledges His spirit before we do any works. This way, God puts His faith on display. If God gave His Spirit after we proved our faith, His requirement of faith would be hypocritical. It would be no longer a gift of righteousness, but what is due. Paul was ready to tell the Galatians and anybody else who would put the cart before the horse in this manner, that if they do, they will be forfeiting their salvation and the promise of eternal life. They will never see the Kingdom of Heaven if they get this wrong; that is the seriousness of the situation. Faith cannot resemble wages for our works; it must be a gift from God; otherwise we are missing the whole point of being sinners and needing a savior in the first place.

(186d) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> The reprobate >> Man’s role in becoming a reprobate >> The fool >> The fool throws Jesus away for something better >> The world betrayed the Lord

(195i) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Idolatry >> Worshipping other gods >> Worshipping other gods as a god yourself – The relationship between God and man before salvation is that of dirty-rotten sinners, desperately in need of a savior, but the relationship between God and man after salvation is that of sons and daughters. When we get saved, we receive the gift of eternal life through faith from the pledge of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, separate from any good works. In contrast, the Galatians wanted to see their salvation as something they deserved. God will always be our God and our Lord and Master; that will never change throughout eternity. He is also our brother and our friend and loving Heavenly Father. The mutuality we have with God is a gift, but the Galatians wanted it to be something they deserved, which is to seek god-status by their own authority. When we receive wages from a boss, it is money changing hands from one human to another; likewise, those who believe their salvation is deserved want to be on the same level with God. Ironically, God has already “raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph 2-6), but the Galatians wanted this status independent from God. In other words, people who try to reduce Christianity to something that is due them seek to be gods; it is idolatry! Wanting to be a god is one step from wanting to be God Himself, so outside the terms of justification through faith, Christianity hasn’t solved the problem of sin. Wanting to be like God apart from God's authority was the problem God encountered with Adam in the Garden of Eden. God wants to develop a people who know their place, that they are not God. They may be sons and daughters of God, but they were given that status as a free gift; they didn’t earn it or deserve it.

(201h) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Jesus is an offense >> Jesus offends the world >> Faith offends unbelief – Paul used the word “faith” instead of believe. Faith is from God, whereas believing is a choice we make to accept a set of facts, suggesting it is a human effort. Paul didn’t say we receive the Holy Spirit by accepting a set of facts outlined in Scripture; he said we receive a God-given ability to believe in Him called faith. Believing is related to obedience, whereas faith directly interfaces with God. A person who is born-again has made a lifelong commitment to obey Him, so God imparts His Spirit into the believer to empower his commitment. There is a saying in chemistry, “Like attracts like.” Water-soluble stains come out with water-based detergents, and oil-soluble stains come out with oil-based detergents. Like attracts like also in the spirit realm; we cannot apply human beliefs to a divine Holy Spirit; we can only apply faith that God has given us in the process of receiving the Holy Spirit. We can’t just accept the gospel as a set of facts and expect to go to heaven, much less by doing good works. We must receive the Holy Spirit through a God-given ability to believe; that is, we must have a revelation of these facts.

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Gal 3,1-5

(161k) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Carried away by religion

(166c) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Wisdom of the world >> Man’s wisdom excuses his sinful nature >> Man’s wisdom wants to earn his ticket to heaven – Paul condemned those who attempt to justify themselves through the law, reminding them that they are putting themselves under a curse. This includes those who use the popular phrase: ‘I feel I’m a good person,’ in that the law covers all “good works.” Paul is really closing the door on justification by law; still there are masses of people both in the world and in the Church hoping to find God’s favor through the law, though many probably don’t even know what the law says. The fact is, the real avenue of justification by law is your own righteousness, which is unacceptable to God even if you are a good a person. Anyone who seeks to be justified by law is really seeking justification through his own righteousness. This was the weed that Paul is trying to uproot. It is impossible to find favor with God through your own righteousness, since God seeks faith from us, just as He did from Abraham to whom He counted righteous, but those who seek to be justified by law bypass the cross and the righteousness of faith. Pride would say that you are a good person and that God should not have a problem accepting you.

(168a) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Do not conform to the world >> Do not let the world’s approval form you to itself

(176f) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Zeal without knowledge (Spirit w/o the word) >> Fire without faithfulness

(183c) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Spirit of Error (Anti-Christ / Anti-Semitism) >> Witchcraft >> Ignorance is the incubator of witchcraft – Paul just now associated witchcraft with the acquisition of false doctrine, so if you believe in something pertaining to God that is not true, the behaviors related to those beliefs are a form of witchcraft. This is a far more encompassing definition than most people think, showing how easy it is to fall into witchcraft, and explaining why the Church doesn’t see many miracles – you cannot move the hand of God through witchcraft. Most people envision the Halloween version of a green lady with a wart on the end of her long nose and pointed hat and black cape, chanting over a caldron of deadly stew. Paul was writing to people who actually witnessed Jesus Christ being crucified, yet they were even then falling into bondage to what some people were telling them. They were being spoon fed by the biblical version of witches – wolves, who come to steal away the hearts of men through false reasoning and deception. The result of their work is false doctrine, and the behavior associated with them is witchcraft. So, there is a one-to-one correlation between false doctrine and witchcraft. People in the Church who are leading people astray into all kinds of strange doctrines, this is the true concept of a witch. James said in his book, ‘Teachers need to be very careful what they teach because they will incur a stricter judgment’ (Jm 3-1); the reason for this is the influence they have on people’s belief systems. God will judge them as a teacher of His word; they should have looked into the truth a little further and knew what it was they were teaching, or else sit down and let some who has fully investigated the truth do the teaching.

(184h) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Abusing the grace of God >> Spending His grace on your pleasures >> Abusing the anointing

(185a) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Abusing the grace of God >> Dragging God’s Grace Through The Mud >> Operating His grace through religion

(187j) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Die to the flesh >> Spirit versus the flesh >> Trying to work the Spirit by the flesh

(198h) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Ordained by man >> Having evil motives for seeking leadership positions >> Seeking to gratify their flesh through the ministry

(202c) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Running from God >> Running to your sinful nature >> Run from God by running to your flesh

Gal 3,1-4

(203h) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Back-slider >> Withdraw from obeying God >> Withdrawing from God

Gal 3,1-3

(138e) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Reproof >> Reprove your brother for spreading false doctrine

Gal 3-1

(143e) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> The public >> Jesus ministered publicly

(144b) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> The Church bears witness of Jesus >> It bears witness of the cross

(210b) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Jesus is our sacrifice >> Jesus goes to the cross willingly

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2 This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?

 

Gal 3,2-14

(205k) Salvation >> Salvation is based on God’s promises >> Faith versus works >> The faith of God versus the faith of men >> Faith versus the flesh -- These verses go with verses 21-26. The Galatians were going back to the works of the law as a means of justification, which was never the truth even in Old Testament days. Paul made it clear that Abraham was justified by faith apart from the works of the law, thereby proving that the law never justified anyone. The law having power to justify a person before God was an ancient misconception of Israel that held them in bondage for centuries. Had they focused on the father of their faith, Abraham the believer, who was the very first member of the nation of Israel, acquiring his naturalization purely through faith when he heard the voice of God, convinced it was Almighty God speaking to him, he obeyed and did whatever the Holy Spirit told him. This is what justified him and it is what justifies us. This is faith; the concept has not changed, not one iota throughout the ages, but man has changed ideas in how to please God, and has fixated on the law, probably through their worship of Moses, though Israel ironically disobeyed and despised Moses while he was alive. Correlating your life with the law is not a bad thing. The question is whether it justify you? The answer is, only if you obey it in faith. Paul previously told them that they needed to listen and follow the Holy Spirit. This is what is pleasing to God. The law was given to regulate man's flesh, whereas the Holy Spirit was given to regulate his soul. 

Gal 3,2-7

(54o) Paradox >> Opposites >> Trying to be spiritual through the flesh

(106g) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Attaining the hearing ear >> Hearing His voice – Paul talks about the Holy Spirit and hearing with faith. There are three things involved in our justification: the Holy Spirit, hearing His voice and faith. When the Holy Spirit speaks in us and we hear His voice, faith comes in doing what He says. Paul puts the capstone on his argument when he writes, “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.” This is by far Paul’s most often quoted verse from the Old Testament. Therefore, it is also the most important verse in the Old Testament, because it really does encapsulate not only the Old Testament, but also the New. We all know that we are justified by the blood of Jesus Christ. This is what saves us, his blood covenant, and the covenant was that He should give us His life, so that we should give Him our lives in return, and the manner in which we give God our lives is by obeying His voice in our spirit. This is fulfilling our end of the blood covenant.

Gal 3,2-5

(1j) Responsibility >> Avoid offending God >> Carrying a false burden >> Weighs you down as you walk in the flesh – Walking in the flesh as a means of fulfilling the will of God is perhaps one of the most deceptive forms of bondage. Most people who spend their whole lives walking in the flesh don’t know they are missing the will of God, because they feel they are doing something for Him. What kind of a system would it be if you had to earn God’s favor, or if He conducted His grace through your righteousness? The world would then be dependent on us and no longer on God.

(2f) Responsibility >> Avoid offending God >> Keep your commitments in your walk with God

(132g) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holy Spirit is in God’s people >> Filled with the Spirit >> Filled with the power of God

(159l) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Counterfeit >> Counterfeit God >> Counterfeit anointing >> Anointing of the flesh

(162d) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Bondage >> A slave to unbelief >> Bondage to an unwillingness to believe (deception)

(173i) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Catholicism >> Unholy sacrifice >> Penance of following the law (legalism) -- These verses go with verses 10-14. Paul was a stickler about faith being the active ingredient of our salvation and not our works. A works-based salvation is known as legalism. This was the problem with the Pharisees, and Jesus called them open sepulchers. If it weren’t for Paul we might not know the significance of faith. Israel was enormously in bondage to legalism during Paul’s day, which is the opposite of faith. He reiterated the significance of faith and the pitfalls of legalism throughout his epistles, and now he is writing to the Galatians reminding them that it wasn’t through the works of the law but hearing with faith that we receive the Holy Spirit. He was astounded that they were falling prey to this bondage again asking them, “Who has bewitched you?” This suggests that legalism is tied to witchcraft as it were an incantation of a highly choreographed ceremony. Many of these images and formulas of black magic we get from TV, but there is a grain of truth to it all, for there really is such a thing as voodoo, summoning demonic spirits. It is really big in some of the most ignorant places in the world, suggesting that ignorance is always present in witchcraft, and it is always present in church legalism. Ignorance breeds superstition, such as the legalistic rule in certain denominations that if women wear a certain style of dress, it would make them more pleasing to the Lord. That fits the definition of an incantation; it is a recipe. If we can reduce our theology to various recipes of behavior pleasing to God, our Christianity is more closely related to witchcraft than it is to the gospel that Paul preached. There are no recipes in the will of God; that is why He has given us the Holy Spirit to lead us along God’s specific path that nobody knows but Him, and He wants to reveal it to us, and this path is different for each person, so there can be no recipe.

Gal 3-2

(107a) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Word creates faith >> Receiving unction from God -- This verse goes with verses 5&6

 

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3&4 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? 4 Did you suffer so many things in vain -if indeed it was in vain?

 

Gal 3,3-5

(103m) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> Purified by circumstances >> Purified through faith

Gal 3-3

(118m) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Freedom >> Law of the spirit >> Newness of the spirit transcends oldness of the letter – Paul talked about hearing with faith, while James talked about proving our faith through works, the concept of obeying the Holy Spirit marries these two teachings. This is how we please God, by obeying (walking in) the Spirit. God will teach us all we need to know about His will, and He will empower us, just as Abraham, who believed God sojourned in a foreign land and it was reckoned to him as righteousness. Abraham believed God as he walked with Him. Paul was the type of teacher who taught that faith itself was the active ingredient in our salvation, which is true and good and right, whereas James sought evidence in our faith; he taught that works must be apparent to authorize our faith. Both teachings are true and good and right; therefore, we must incorporate both teachings in our lives. Yes, it is faith; we can’t point at any one thing we have done that has found favor with God, only that we believe in Him, but at the same time our works prove our faith, and where there is no proof there is no faith, for if we cannot prove our faith, then it cannot exist. Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith that are the sons of Abraham, who obeyed the Holy Spirit.

(137j) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Maturity >> Stages of maturity are levels of accountability >> Maturity is working with God

(161b) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Wander >> Wandering from the character of God >> Wandering from the faith

(167e) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Carnality/Secularism (mindset of the world) >> The carnal mind is set on the flesh >> Walking outside the realm of faith -- This verse goes with verse 5

(238aa) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> The kingdom is transferred to the Church >> Born again by the will of Christ -- This verse goes with verse 29. Paul’s argument was whether the Galatians received the Spirit by the works of the law or by hearing with faith. Isn’t it interesting that Paul put it this way, getting to the root of the matter, not asking whether they were saved but whether they received the Spirit. Salvation is defined by the Holy Spirit indwelling the believer and not by a set of doctrines a person believes. Many people think they are saved and going to heaven because they hold certain beliefs dear to their hearts. A person of this order is not an unbeliever but believes what the Bible says, and by that he accumulates various doctrines and believes in them, but Paul delves beneath these issues and asks the Galatians whether they received the Holy Spirit. A person can believe anything he wants, but he will never go to heaven by anything he believes, but by the Holy Spirit who dwells in Him. By no other means shall we enter the Kingdom of Heaven, except we be born again. Paul was saying, who has bewitched you that you have begun by the Spirit and now you are trying to work out your salvation through the flesh? If we were born of the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. In other words, God wants us doing the things that God has called us to do and not to develop a plan of our own.

Gal 3-4

(99j) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance >> Enduring circumstances >> Endurance that fails

(170k) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Outward appearance >> Vanity >> Vain effort >> Effort frustrated by failure – Living and walking by the Spirit brings about suffering in the flesh, not always physical suffering but also mental and emotional suffering. People in the world do not understand us when we live and walk by the Spirit, and neither do they particularly like us. Everything about us is alien to them; we don’t have to preach Jesus to offend them; we only need to live for Him in this world. Truth be known, they are jealous of our faith. They would never want to be us, but somewhere in their hearts they wish they could believe in God. The Galatians started in the Spirit and veered into the flesh from certain persons who crept into their assembly, unnoticed, and were trying to lead them to believe in certain ceremonies, such as circumcision, putting their trust in that instead of the finished work of the cross. The mindset of the religious person says, ‘I have been circumcised, therefore I have God’s favor.’ The legalists were trying to convince the Galatians they could gain God’s favor by means other than faith in Jesus Christ, but Paul was telling them that there is nothing we can do to earn God’s favor, because we were born in sin, for all our works are as filthy rags to Him, until we get saved. Then, after we get saved, the works that He calls us to do in His name are holy to the Lord. We all have a designated tail of good works that God wants us to walk throughout our lives without veering one way or the other, not to get saved, but because we are saved. This trail is how we do the works of God without being legalistic. Legalism says, ‘I must do certain things in order to get saved or to remain saved,’ whereas walking on the trail of good works is our way of showing God our gratitude for Him saving us from our sins.

(188f) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Suffering >> Suffering righteousness

 

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5-7 So then, does He who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? 6 Even so Abraham BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS. 7 Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham.

 

Gal 3,5-7

(230j) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Mystery of godliness >> Mystery of the trinity >> Word of God is the mystery godliness

Gal 3-5,6

(107a) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Word creates faith >> Receiving unction from God -- These verses go with verse 2

Gal 3-5

(30a) Gift of God >> God is our advocate >> God knows our needs >> He is our provider

(146h) Miracles, Signs And Wonders (Key verse)

(147e) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Divine works of God >> Signs and wonders

(167e) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Carnality/Secularism (mindset of the world) >> The carnal mind is set on the flesh >> Walking outside the realm of faith -- This verse goes with verse 3

Gal 3,6-14

(142b) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Old Testament bears witness to the new >> Prophesy about the dispensation >> Gentiles are included

Gal 3,6-9

(12c) Servant >> Examples of God’s people >> Abraham is our example of faith

Gal 3-6

(41fa) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Be like Jesus >> Righteousness of faith >> Example of Abraham -- This verse goes with verses 13&14

Gal 3-7,8

Don’t worry, this is not a mistake!

Gal 3-7

(36l) Gift of God >> Adopted >> We are adopted by the Spirit -- This verse goes with verse 9

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8-12 The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, "ALL THE NATIONS WILL BE BLESSED IN YOU. 9 So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer. 10 For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, "CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT ABIDE BY ALL THINGS WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO PERFORM 11 Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, "THE RIGHTEOUS MAN SHALL LIVE BY FAITH." 12 However, the Law is not of faith; on the contrary, "HE WHO PRACTICES THEM SHALL LIVE BY THEM."

 

Gal 3-8

(150j) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness of Jesus >> Speak the word >> Preaching the word to the Church

(152ka) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> The Church holds the position of a prophet >> True prophets >> Called as prophets

(210j) Salvation >> Jews and gentiles are being saved >> Gentiles included >> Fellow heirs with Israel (Spiritual Jew) >> God welcomes the Gentiles to the promise of Israel -- This verse goes with verse 14. Salvation of the gentiles comes through the faith of Abraham, evidenced by the Old Testament that says, “All the nations shall be blessed in you. So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer,” referring to both Jews and gentiles. Probably the main change in the new covenant is that God combined both the Jew and the gentile into one group without erasing the line between them. He didn’t erase the line because He plans to use the Jew at the end of the age to reintroduce the gentiles to a purified version of the gospel. However, in terms of justification before God, Paul made no distinction between Jew and gentile, all must believe in the blood atonement of Jesus’ body on the cross as sufficient to cleans us from all unrighteousness, and to walk in faith as Abraham, the believer.

Gal 3-9

(36l) Gift of God >> Adopted >> We are adopted by the Spirit -- This verse goes with verses 23-26

Gal 3,10-14

(41b) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Be like Jesus >> Jesus is without sin >> He fulfilled the law – God used Jesus' victory over sin to judge Satan, and He uses us to do the same, even as God used Job during his days of trial and temptation. Job was a righteous man, and Satan came to God asking permission to test him anticipating his reaction that he would curse God to His face. God argued that Job was fully devoted to Him, and so the gauntlet was thrown between God and Satan with Job in the middle. God allowed Satan to test Job, so that his servant Job would prove to Satan that that his heart was wholly devoted and loyal to Him. Apparently this has been an ongoing debate between God and Satan for millennia with mankind stuck in the middle. Lucifer must have told God after his fall that he had no choice but to sin. Satan apparently argued that God had set him in such a lofty position that it made him want to be like the Most High, as though he had no choice but to seek His throne, but God said ‘No.’ He did have a choice, and God used Jesus to prove that, and He has been using man ever since to prove it. Our victory over sin proves to Satan time and again that he was wrong. Often as God can use us to prove Satan wrong will determine the severity of his judgment, and Satan desperately wants to see us fall into sin as he did, so he can use us to prove to God that he had no choice.

(52d) Judgment >> Judging Church with world >> Law judges sin >> Law finds all men guilty of sin -- These verses go with verses 19-22. Paul was a stickler in his epistles about warning us not to follow the law as a means of gaining favor with God, saying that the law is even a curse. It is interesting that God gave Israel Ten Commandments to follow, yet the only promise He gave them for following the law was that they would not be cursed through disobedience. In Deuteronomy chapter 28, Moses gave Israel a list of blessings and curses associated with the law that would fall upon them and overtake their nation based on their obedience or disobedience. What is interesting about this list is that the curses were imposed in the presence of sin, while the blessings bestowed in the absence of sin, meaning that there was no promise for obeying the law.

(173i) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Catholicism >> Unholy sacrifice >> Penance of following the law -- These verses go with verses 2-5. Believe it or not, there are a lot of psychopaths and serial killers who don’t consider themselves particularly bad people, partly to do with the fact that they have not measured their works against the law. So now we see the reason for the law. It was made for psychopaths and serial killers (1Tim 1,7-11). These people don’t know the difference between righteousness and evil, so for us to seek justification by law is to shake hands with liars and murderers. This is obviously not going to justify us before God. Rather, we are justified by faith in the voice of the Spirit of God, because His voice is described in other parts of the Scripture as the law written in our hearts. The Holy Spirit would never command us to do anything against God’s law, so you can listen to His voice and be assured that you are following the law at the same time. In this way the law has been made obsolete. Obeying the Holy Spirit is a better covenant not only because it is a better way to follow the law, but also because the Holy Spirit is able to lead us into God’s specific will for our lives, whereas the law is God’s general rule for everyone.

(227g) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> God working in you >> Depending on Jesus to have compassion >> Depending on Jesus to deliver us

Gal 3,10-12

(27d) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Knowledge can bring a curse if you don’t walk in it

 


13&14 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us-for it is written, "CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE "- 14 in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

 

Gal 3,13-29

(78l) Thy kingdom come >> Renewing your mind >> Abiding in Jesus

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Gal 3-13,14

(27b) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Curse >> Deeds that return to the doer >> Blood of Jesus

(37a) Judgment >> The cross >> God judged the sin of the world through Christ

(41fa) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Be like Jesus >> Righteousness of faith >> Example of Abraham -- These verses go with verses 21&22. God had not yet established a means of rewarding man for his righteousness, and as it turned out, the only righteousness of man that God recognized was the obedience of faith (Rom 1-5;16-26). Abraham’s blessing was illustrated in his obedience to the voice of God. He knew it was God speaking to him, and he also intrinsically knew He was the one and only true God of heaven, who created all things; it was a concurrent understanding that started with Abraham and descended to the sons of Israel that there was only one God. The fact that it talks about the blessing of Abraham, suggests that obedience must be present in order to receive this promise of the Spirit, because that is how Abraham received his blessing.

(45e) Judgment >> God’s Judgment >> On believer’s sin >> Through His Son >> On the cross

(58l) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> Introduced to salvation / Introduced to the Kingdom of God

(107d) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Word creates faith >> Believing the word creates faith – Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by providing us a new and better way through the Spirit. It is interesting that faith and the Spirit are interrelated. The fact that we receive the promise of the Spirit through faith, suggests that we also receive faith through the Spirit; they work equally in opposite directions: faith draws the Spirit while the Spirit draws faith. The Holy Spirit is involved by the very mention of Abraham, who not only heard the voice of God, but also obeyed Him. Paul was careful to instruct that we don’t receive the promise through obedience but through faith, suggesting there is a difference between obedience and faith, and there’s even a difference between faith and believing. Believing is related to obedience, whereas faith is related to the Spirit. Those who obey believe and those who believe obey. Likewise, those who receive the promise of the Spirit have faith, which is the substance of heaven, and those who possess this substance increase their anointing by walking in the Spirit as Abraham did.

(114g) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Obeying the Holy Spirit >> Implementing the revelation of the Holy Spirit – When God spoke to Abraham, in Gen 18,10-12, Sarah overheard the conversation, meaning that Abraham was following an audible voice, whereas we follow an inaudible voice that emanates from our innermost being, where God lives in us. Therefore, Abraham’s relationship with God was external, whereas our relationship in internal and thus more intimate. Perhaps there are people in the Church today who wished they too had an external relationship with God, so they could be more sure that it was God speaking to them and not their own heart, but this is a false wish, for the times that God spoke to Abraham were relatively few, whereas God speaks to us on a daily basis, either convicting us of sin or nudging us in a certain direction, teaching us the word of God or instilling hope in us through His counsel. These are things Abraham did not have. Jesus called Him the comforter and promised He would be with us always, “even to the end of the age” (Mat 28-20).

(119l) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Curse of God is broken >> Curse of the law is broken There was no blessing appended to the law, but there was a blessing given to Abraham. There was a problem, though; the gentiles could not tap into the blessing of Abraham, because it was proprietary to Israel only. What was Abraham’s blessing? He heard the voice of God and obeyed Him. The way this translated in the old covenant was that they should hear the word of God through the prophets and obey their instruction. If they listened to the prophets, they would receive God’s blessing. The difference between the old and new covenant blessing, therefore, is that God Himself is now able to speak to each of us, both Jew and gentile, through the Spirit who dwells in us. He has access to our hearts and minds, so we can now hear directly from God instead of learning His will through the prophets. Jesus died for those who sought to be justified by law. He came to deliver such people from the curse of the law and became a curse for us. Paul widened the perspective and included the gentiles in Abraham’s faith. We are now justified with the Jews through the sacrifice of Christ, so that we too may receive the promise of the Spirit though faith.

(132a) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holy Spirit is in God’s people >> spirit of God in the spirit of man >> Spirit of the Father

(209i) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Jesus is our sacrifice >> Jesus paid the price for us >> Jesus paid our ransom with His own blood

Gal 3-13

(136e) Temple >> Your spirit is the temple of God >> The body of Christ >> Jesus’ fleshly body >> The flesh of Jesus’ sacrifice

(167e) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Carnality >> The carnal mind is set on the flesh >> Walking outside the realm of faith -- This verse goes with verse 26

Gal 3-14

(136g) Temple >> Your spirit is the temple of God >> The body of Christ >> Jesus’ spiritual body

(210j) Salvation >> Jews and gentiles are being saved >> Gentiles included >> Fellow heirs with Israel (Spiritual Jew) >> God welcomes the Gentiles to the promise of Israel

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15-18 Brethren, I speak in terms of human relations: even though it is only a man's covenant, yet when it has been ratified, no one sets it aside or adds conditions to it. 16 Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, "And to seeds," as referring to many, but rather to one, "And to your seed," that is, Christ. 17 What I am saying is this: the Law, which came four hundred and thirty years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to nullify the promise. 18 For if the inheritance is based on law, it is no longer based on a promise; but God has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise.

 

Gal 3,15-29

(144h) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Trinity bears witness of Jesus >> Word of God bears witness to Jesus

Gal 3,15-22

(151b) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> New Testament bears witness of the Old >> The Patriarchs >> Abraham >> Promises to Abraham -- These verses go with verse 29

Gal 3,15-18

(206g) Salvation >> God makes promises on His terms >> Conditions to promises >> Conditions to the gifts of God >> Conditions to the promises of God – Paul speaks singularly regarding the seed (heir) of Abraham, referring to Christ, so that Abraham is seen with Christ through the centuries. Abraham believed God with the kind of faith that justified Him before God, even as the blood of Christ justifies the person who believes in His sacrifice to fully atone for sin. God was pleased with Abraham because he listened to God's voice and obeyed what He said. Had Abraham launched on his own and followed the same path without the instruction of the Lord, it would not have pleased God. So, it wasn't what Abraham did or where he went that pleased God; it was his obedience to the Holy Spirit that found favor. Together, Christ and Abraham represent the origin and the process of our justification. There are two things happening simultaneously: Christ introduces us to the grace of God, while Abraham teaches us how to walk in His grace. The law that came 430 years after Abraham did not invalidate the covenant that God previously made with him. That is, the law did not come to replace the promise. Rather, the law was added because of transgression. The law was given as a standard definition for sin, so that no one can deny that sin is evil.

Gal 3-15

(177b) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> False doctrine >> Distorting Scripture >> Distorting Scripture to avoid the truth

Gal 3,16-18

(250g) Priorities >> God’s prerequisites >> Sequence of priorities >> Spiritual then the natural – If God came and personally offered man a spiritual kingdom instead of a physical one, they would have rejected it; in fact they did. They thought God was wrong and essentially told Him that. They wanted a physical kingdom, and God said, ‘Not yet.’ Abraham wanted to see His kingdom too, but he never did. God wanted to see if man would believe in Him before He brought it to pass. If God manifested His physical kingdom through Jesus at the time of His fleshly incarnation, He would have produced a lot of spoiled children. They would have developed the attitude that they would always get what they wanted when they wanted it. That was not Abraham's experience, and it is not our experience. God wants people who will serve Him according to His will, not according to their will, so He has made mankind wait 2000 years for the sake of creating a mature people who love God and are ready to do His will. In other words, God is establishing parameters before the Kingdom of God is revealed, showing His people that He is God in charge and not them. If they accept only themselves being in charge, calling the shots and telling God what to do, they simply will not be part of His kingdom, and this is how God is able to pick and choose those who will be enrolled in heaven, who worship Him in Spirit and truth. God is testing us, for if we are willing to serve Him under these terms, then we will serve Him all the more when His physical kingdom finally comes. After this, His kingdom will be manifested in the natural realm forever, so we will get what we want, but we must wait for it. Those who serve God in Spirit and truth who love Him with all their hearts, not that much will change for them when He establishes His kingdom in the natural realm, for we already have the very essence of His kingdom in our innermost being, so we don’t see a detriment to an intangible kingdom.

Gal 3-16

(255i) Trinity >> Father, Son and Holy Spirit >> Three in one >> God is one -- This verse goes with verse 20

Gal 3-17

(108d) Thy kingdom come >> Faith is the balance between freedom and law -- This verse goes with verse 21. Faith by-bypasses the Law and uses freedom to serve Christ. Paul is pitting Moses against Abraham to show that faith is the balance between freedom and law. We are not without law, but we don’t use the Law to determine our behavior. Instead, the Holy Spirit leads us into the will of God and fulfills the Law inadvertently. The Law does not nullify Abraham’s example of faith; rather, the Law came as a tutor to lead us to Christ, and now that Christ has come, the Law has been made obsolete. We don’t use our freedom as an occasion for sin; we’re not free to sin; we’re free to do righteousness. Faith does not abuse our freedom but uses it to serve Christ, and faith does not fall under bondage to rules given to regulate our flesh, because we are now walking by the Spirit.

(150e) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness of Jesus >> Confessing Jesus >> Making the good confession (Son of God) -- This verse goes with verse 21

(155j) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Witness of the believer >> The word of God bears witness of the believer -- This verse goes with verse 21

(214e) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> God’s timing >> Dispensation of God’s revelations >> Dispensations of revelation knowledge

(234c) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the glory of God >> Seeking the glory of His Spirit -- This verse goes with verse 21

 

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19&20 Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made. 20 Now a mediator is not for one party only; whereas God is only one. 

 

Gal 3,19-22

(52d) Judgment >> Judging Church with world >> Law judges sin >> Law finds all men guilty of sin -- These verses go with verses 10-14

Gal 3-19,20

(83f) Thy kingdom come >> Intercession >> Jesus stands in the gap >> He is our mediator

Gal 3-19

(15h) Servant >> Angels have authority >> They have the power to decree an order – The fact that the law was ordained through angels was made clear also by Steven in Act 7-53 to his enemies who were about to kill him for believing in the promise of the prophets that Christ fulfilled. What does this mean, “The law was ordained by angels”? Didn’t God ordain the law through Moses? Wasn’t it God Almighty who wrote the law on tablets of stone on Mount Sinai? Yes, the Bible clearly says that Moses spoke face to face with God, reiterating this many times. However, there are a couple passages in the Old Testament that speaks about God delegating His authority to a mighty angel to lead the children of Israel in the days of their wanderings, meaning they were not led by God Himself (Exodus 23,20-23 and Exodus 33,1-5). God stood behind the scene to supervise the progress. The Israelites were so rebellious that God didn’t have patience for them. God is not the kind of person we can transgress in His very presence and get away with it. He is perfect and glorious; He knows His own worthiness to the point that He simply refuses to allow mankind to sin directly in front of Him. It is just too big of an insult for Him to accept it. Although infinitely great and powerful, God has limited patience; “He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever” (Psalm 103-9); He would have destroyed the Israelites before He would have forgiven them, so He gave the job to a mighty and powerful angel, and Paul is referring to this when he said that the law was ordained through angels, that they were directly involved in the days when the law was given, during the days of Israel’s wandering in the wilderness and in their entering the promise land.

Gal 3-20

(255i) Trinity >> Father, Son and Holy Spirit >> Three in one >> God is one -- This verse goes with verse 16. The children of God belong to Jesus; they are His brethren and we are His Church. We belong to Jesus and the Father is fine with that; He is in no way jealous, because God is one. All three members of the trinity have exactly one experience, not three. The Father shares in the Son; the Son shares in the Father, and the Holy Spirit is the link between them, and so there is no cause for jealousy. The children of God belong to Jesus, for the Father was pleased to give us to Him.

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21 Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God? May it never be! For if a law had been given which was able to impart life, then righteousness would indeed have been based on law.

 

Gal 3,21-26

(205k) Salvation >> Salvation is based on God’s promises >> Faith versus works >> The faith of God versus the faith of men >> Faith versus the flesh -- These verses go with verses 2-14. There is no disparity between the law and the promise. Rather, the law complements the promise, yet God never called us to walk according to the law, but according to the promise. The law and the promise are like a set of railroad tracks; they are parallel. We are called to walk on the rail of promise, and when we do, we simultaneously fulfill the requirements of the law. We see that the other rail is always beside us. It never veers away, because God will never call us to do something that is contrary to the law.

Gal 3-21,22

(41fa) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Be like Jesus >> Righteousness of faith >> Example of Abraham -- These verses go with verse 6

(205g) Salvation >> Salvation is based on God’s promises >> New covenant >> The new one is a better one – When Paul mentioned the Law, he was talking about the old covenant, basically asking if it was contrary to the new, and his answer was that the New Testament dovetails with the Old as its very fulfillment. The Old Testament spoke of the promise of sending His Son to die on a cross to make the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of mankind through all the temple services that Israel performed for hundreds of years before Jesus came, indicating that Jesus was anything but a contradiction of the Law. The use of the word law can be interpreted as paper and ink, regardless of the old or new covenant. Words written on a page cannot impart life or set us free. We need to remember too that God imparts his righteousness through faith, which must have an object, and the cross of Jesus Christ is the object of our faith. We believe in the love of God, who sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins, that believing in Him, we should not perish but receive the righteousness of God in the Holy Spirit to everlasting life.

Gal 3-21

(75g) Thy kingdom come >> Motives >> Being manipulative >> Questioning God from a good heart

(108d) Thy kingdom come >> Faith is the balance between freedom and law -- This verse goes with verse 17. The righteousness of God is a gift, meaning we don’t have to work for it. That is not to say we have no righteousness of our own or that it is meaningless or is trumped by God’s righteousness; rather, it has a place. Our righteousness plays a role in proving our faith. It doesn’t save us, but the Bible says that if we can’t prove our faith, then it assumes we don’t have any. Our righteousness proves that we believe in God, and faith is the vehicle that God uses to impart His righteousness (Holy Spirit). Our righteousness is the proof that we provide as evidence for anybody who would observe our lives, and it is also pleasing to God that we don’t continue to live in sin, but instead strive for freedom. When we think of all the references in the New Testament alone where it speaks of freedom from sin for the purpose of doing righteousness, it is important. Our righteousness proves first to ourselves that we believe in Jesus. Man is capable of self-deception; therefore, proving that we believe is more important than proving it to anybody else. When we prove to ourselves that we believe in Jesus, it comes to us by revelation. We hear the word of God; we believe it; we live by it, and then we realize that it is true. The revelation of God’s word is the goal of faith; nevertheless, our righteousness merely provides the basis for the righteousness of God, who comes to live in us through the Holy Spirit, and Paul is saying that there is no law that can impart this.

(150e) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness of Jesus >> Confessing Jesus >> Making the good confession (Son of God) -- This verse goes with verse 17

(155j) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Witness of the believer >> The word of God bears witness of the believer -- This verse goes with verse 17

(234c) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the glory of God >> Seeking the glory of His Spirit -- This verse goes with verse 17

(254f) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is the life of the Spirit >> Jesus is the substance of God’s life >> Jesus is the manifestation of God’s life

 

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22 But the Scripture has shut up everyone under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.

 

Gal 3,22-26

(250f) Priorities >> God’s prerequisites >> Sequence of priorities >> Natural then the spiritual (obedience then anointing) – Earlier, Paul said that faith came through Abraham, then the law came 430 years later, according to the following sequence: (Abraham > the law > Jesus Christ). The law is sandwiched between the Abraham and Christ. 

Gal 3,22-25

(61a) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> Church shall leave—The law (her tutor) / The world (her tyrant) – The law is able to discriminate between good and evil, yet it has never justified a soul. Consequently, the law pointed us in the direction of Christ, which revealed us as sinners in need of a savior, and so the law has done us a great service, yet faith is greater. It promises eternal life in Jesus Christ, who has given us the Holy Spirit as the pledge of our eternal inheritance, whereas the law promises nothing. Hence, the law's usefulness has ended, having become our tutor to lead us to Christ. This suggests that the law is still in effect for those who do not believe in Jesus. For this reason, when we evangelize the heathen, they will bring up the law, and it is actually a good sign, because they admit being under law, but what they fail to understand is that the law was meant to lead them to Christ, and if they don’t listen to the message of the gospel, it only proves they are not following the law either. They might boast that the law is holy, righteous and good, but that doesn’t mean they are holy, righteous and good just because they agree with it; in fact, it means just the opposite when they break the law, for the law does not speak unless it is violated. It does not reward those who attempt to follow its precepts; it only condemns them when they fail. So, the law exposes the sinner, while the gospel reveals the savior, and if a person gets saved as a result of preaching the gospel, they are free from the law, but if they don’t listen to the preacher, they will remain under condemnation, and if they don’t receive Christ before their death, the law will condemn them to hell before a righteous and a holy God.

(208jb) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Personal relationship >> Being married to God >> Knowing God >> We are bonded to Him – When the law leads us to faith in Jesus, it has the role of our parents in a wedding, who gave their son or daughter in marriage to Christ. Our parents led us in the right direction during our formative years and trained us to know the difference between good and evil, but they were unable to lead us to produce fruit, so when the proper time came, we believed in Jesus and received the Holy Spirit into our hearts and were married to Christ. The born-again experience is like a marriage ceremony, which says, “For his reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the Church” (Eph 5-31,32), even as he said in 1Cor 6-17, “The one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” We are to leave the law; it is no longer necessary, because now we have the Holy Spirit, who speaks in our hearts and convicts us of sin, so we no longer need the law to tell us what is right and wrong. In the process of leaving the law, we discover a new and better way of doing God’s will (Heb 8-6), we also leave the world in our marriage to Christ and cleave to the Church.

Gal 3-22,23

(153d) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> God bears witness against the world >> Shame >> Hiding under a cloud of guilt >> Your sin will find you out – Ironically, the law and sin are one and the same, like a stick used to stir a bucket of tar, though the law is not sinful but righteous, holy and good (Rom 7-12). The law was given to expose the extent of man’s sin as seen through the eyes of God. The law is like the axe used to chop off the heads of condemned criminals; the scene is immersed in fresh blood and other bodily fluids, and has the stains of past executions etched into every cranny. Organic matter becomes a ladder for bacteria to grow and proliferate until the entire area becomes a biohazard zone with the characteristic stench of death, yet the axe is not used for evil but is used to defend righteousness and maintain law and order.

Gal 3-22

(108e) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Balance >> God's sovereignty balances good from evil – We have no potential to justify ourselves by law, because our flesh invariably violates the commandments. Even walking by the spirit we occasionally transgress the law, but it is the fact that we are walking with God that cleanses us from all unrighteousness. All men have succumbed to sin that resides in our flesh, making it a requirement to be justified by faith in Jesus Christ for the hope of eternal life.

(165c) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world is at enmity with God >> The world is wicked

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23-26 But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed. 24 Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. 26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

 

Gal 3,23-26

(36l) Gift of God >> Adopted >> We are adopted by the Spirit -- These verses go with verse 29

Gal 3,23-25

(208bb) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Salvation verses >> The kindness of God >> You can be saved without ever hearing about Jesus – Paul is talking about receiving the grace of God from heaven, and we all know that the grace of God does not rest upon us based on a fallacious understanding of God’s word. Rather, his grace comes to us through the conduit of the truth. Does this mean that if the Bible is unavailable a person cannot receive the grace of God? No, the truth is actually intuitive to those who would receive it. God gave His word to man for the same reason He gave the law to Israel, to confirm what he already knew. We don’t need the Bible to know the truth anymore than we need the law to know what is sin. All we need to do is look in the sky to know that God exists based on His creation; someone had to make it. Based on a couple other logical assumptions, we can derive the truth with no trouble, such as the observation that sin is deleterious to man; consequently, for God to have created the universe, He must have never sinned, which means God is a good person. However, man in his sinful flesh imagines that God is no different from himself, and the reason God will judge man for this is that they should have known better. Even if the Bible is unavailable to people, they still should have known. Therefore, the judgment of God proves that a person can be saved without ever hearing about Jesus; otherwise, how could He righteously judge the world for living apart from the truth; and how could God condemn people for not knowing the Bible if it was unavailable to them in certain countries?

Gal 3,24-26

(90d) Thy kingdom come >> Keeping the law >> Law is our tutor >> It takes Jesus’ place until He arrives – Before Christ, Israel was held in custody under the tutelage of the law being shut up to the faith that was later to be revealed in Christ. Until then Israel had the example of Abraham’s faith to whom God had spoken. However, in Israel's old covenant  days God spoke only to His prophets. Had Israel believed and obeyed their prophets, God would have reckoned it to them as righteousness, but as we know they did not obey their prophets, but martyred them. Now God speaks to us through the Holy Spirit. Then, Israel had the faith of Abraham as their example, yet the Holy Spirit had not been given until Pentecost, so Abraham was an old covenant example of the faith that was to come through Christ. Israel, until then, was called by God to follow the teachings of the prophets who paralleled the law, as a simulation of following the Holy Spirit. God differentiates between using the law to justify ourselves and seeking the law in faith of God’s righteousness. God has called Israel to seek God’s laws by faith in the righteousness that was to come. The law has kept us from living a life of evil, stealing, killing, having our neighbor’s wife, leading a debauched life. A person who lives in such a way finds it difficult to come to Christ. So, the law was given as our tutor to lead us to Christ. When Jesus comes knocking on the door of our hearts, bondage to sin will not become an impediment to receiving Him. Now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. We are no longer using the law anymore to measure our conduct before God. We are now using the Holy Spirit who teaches us about God.

Gal 3-24

(90b) Law Is Our Tutor (Key verse)

Gal 3-26,27

(136a) Temple >> Your spirit is the temple of God >> The body of Christ >> Similarity in the body >> The things we have in common >> Common faith

Gal 3-26

(167e) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Carnality >> The carnal mind is set on the flesh >> Walking outside the realm of faith -- This verse goes with verse 13

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27-29 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's descendants, heirs according to promise.

 

Gal 3-27

(4g) Responsibility >> Advocate God’s cause >> He who is faithful in little is also faithful in much

(113d) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Heaven’s clothes >> Garments of power – This concept of clothing ourselves with Christ refers to the anointing, which is defined as the manifestation of the Holy Spirit who dwells within us. Jesus not only lives within us; he also manifests Himself outside our bodies as an anointing. Jesus promised to come and live in our hearts, but our extremities are the subject matter of this verse, very different from our inward heart. We put our clothes on our extremities in the same way that we clothe ourselves with Christ. The anointing is how we are able to express our faith on a spiritual level.

(191b) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Baptism >> Baptism symbolizes death, burial and resurrection >> Baptism is a sign of obedience

(254k) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is equal with the Holy Spirit >> Power of Jesus’ Spirit

Gal 3-28

(14c) Servant >> Serve God >> Slave is free/free is slave – Paul is describing heaven, saying that whatever heaven is like, we need to emulate it here on earth, renewing our minds to accommodate it. In heaven there is neither Jew nor gentile; there is neither slave nor free. Indentured servants in Bible times were very common; when a person wasn’t able to support himself, he would attach himself and his family to a master, who would own him in a sense. There were many laws governing the indentured servant in the Old Testament, but in heaven we will all be free. In this life a master may own us, but we are all free just the same. If we are free and don’t have a master Jesus taught that we could be just as much in bondage to sin, so to say we are free or slave in this life is irrelevant, for the person who thinks he is free may be in bondage, and the person who appears to be in bondage may actually be free.

(131jb) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Many members but one body >> Many titles but one entity

(136c) Temple >> Your spirit is the temple of God >> The body of Christ >> Similarity in the body >> No distinction between male and female – Paul always kept everything in perspective; He was talking about this life, saying that in Christ there is neither Jew nor gentile, slave nor free, male nor female, but we are all one in Christ. Not only will this be our circumstance in heaven, we should consider ourselves in these terms even now, suggesting that we should not take our gender and sexuality so seriously. We should not consider ourselves Jew nor gentile, and we should not consider our vocation so important. There is only one thing that matters and that is Christ and our relation to Him and to His Kingdom in eternity. There won't be an opposite sex in heaven, and we won't get married, for we will be neither male nor female, which means there will be no procreation among us. For most people to lose our gender and sexuality is like losing our identity. Some people feel it wouldn’t be worth living anymore, but they fail to recognize that God gave them their sexual identity, and He still knows what He is doing and He will replace this with something better that will please us even more. Our gender and sexuality play such a large part in our lives, yet heaven is better than this life, so whatever replaces our sexuality will be better. We don’t know exactly what will replace it, but we do know that we will be married to Christ. The Church as a whole is the bride of Christ, and so the consummation of the marriage occurs through unity, because it happens collectively to all members of the Church as one. He doesn’t have many brides; He only has one, and so the consummation of the marriage is in relation to unity.

(211a) Salvation >> Jews and gentiles are being saved >> Gentiles included >> Fellow heirs with Israel (Spiritual Jew) >> We are one in Christ

(225b) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> Equality in heaven

Gal 3-29

(36l) Gift of God >> Adopted >> We are adopted by the Spirit -- This verse goes with verse 7. If you belong to Christ, whether Jew or gentile doesn’t matter, you are Abraham’s descendents, heirs according to promise. A gentile who believes in Jesus is more a descendant of Abraham than an unbelieving Jew who can literally trace his bloodline to Abraham. This is the power of faith. That doesn’t mean the genealogy of the Jewish race means nothing; the Jewish race matters greatly, because the Bible says that in the last days God will redeem the Jew, so their genealogy is still significant, though their genealogy has no power to justify them before God.

(151b) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> New Testament bears witness of the Old >> The Patriarchs >> Abraham >> Promises to Abraham -- This verse goes with verses 15-22. Paul was talking about becoming spiritual Jews. Being Jew or gentile doesn’t matter; for if we are in Christ, then we are Abraham’s descendents, heirs according to promise. Therefore, how much less does it matter if we are male or female, slave or free? When we think of being Abraham’s descendents, we know that according to the flesh we absolutely had to be a Hebrew, but Paul is saying not anymore, because God has made us to become Abraham's descendents even if we come from a completely different nation and heritage. When we think of God fitting us into Abraham’s family, descendents according to promise by faith in the blood covenant of Jesus Christ, we picture God performing some kind of miracle, transforming our genes into conformity with the Hebrew nation; miraculous as that would be is as profound our place in the body of Christ that we believe as gentiles through promises that God made to Israel. We may not be literal Jews according to promise, but there is something literal about our faith. It seems nebulous to us now; we believe in a set of doctrines and we strive to live according to them, and it causes us to think and act like Jews. They were persecuted and hated, and so are we; they were misunderstood, and so are we; they went to war against the heathen, and so we are spiritual warriors. They struggle with God; we struggle with God. They strove to fulfill a plan and purpose that God had prepared for them, so we strive to fulfill a plan and purpose that God has prepared for us. We are spiritual Jews, and the closer we come to God, the more we resemble members of His chosen nation, until the day we enter the gates of heaven and the figurative becomes literal, and we become members of the body of Christ, who is no longer male nor female, bond nor free, Jew nor gentile. We are all one in Christ.

(213i) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> Jesus owns you >> His will becomes our will >> We are God’s property

(238aa) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> The kingdom is transferred to the Church >> Born again by the will of Christ -- This verse goes with verse 3

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