Introduction to the book of Galatians.
This epistle is entitled according to its first recipients,the Galatians in Roman province of Galatia..
Faith is the key theme in this epistle.Paul insists tat no human work can contribute to person’s right standing with God.This justifies the teaching about salvation as a gift of God’s grace.
One sentence summary to the book of Galatians is:
Sinners are justified and live out a godly life by trusting in Jesus Christ alone not by keeping the Law or by counting on good works.This letter was directed to the churches that Paul and Barnabas had planted on their first missionary journey;Derbe,Lystra,Iconium, and Pilsidian Antioch.This epistle was written around 52-55 AD.
I the text Gal;3;16-29. we learn that we are children of promise.
First, the promise was spoken to Abraham and his Seed.
The law introduced 430 years latter does not;
(i).Set aside the covenant previously established by God.
(ii).Do away with the promise
If the inheritance of the promise depends on the Law, then it no longer depends on promise.In other words,the inheritance was pegged on the promise.
God in His grace gave the inheritance to Abraham through the promise.In simple terms,The fulfillment of the promise begun with Abraham. However, after the law came there was a period of silence in regard to the inheritance of the promise.
The purpose of the Law was because of the transgression until the seed to whom he promise refereed had come.
The Law was put to effect by angels through a mediator.The Law is not opposed to the promise of God either.If a Law which could impact life would be given ,then righteousness would have come by the Law.But this did not happen.The law made sin more sinful. The whole world is a prisoner of sin so that what was promised being given by faith in Jesus Christ might be give to those who believe.This breaks the boundary between the Jews and the rest of the world.The Law had been given to the Jews as a schoolmaster.Before faith came ,we were held prisoner by the Law ,locked until faith should be revealed. The Law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.Now that faith has come ,we are no longer under the supervision of the Law. You are all sons of God through faith in Jesus Christ,all who were baptized into Christ have been clothed with Christ.Here there is neither Jew nor Greek,Slave nor free, Male nor Female for you are one in Christ.
If you now belong to Christ,then you are Abraham’s seed,and heirs according to the promise.
In the foulness of time;
God sent His son.
To do what ?
To redeem those under the Law.
For what purpose?
That we may receive the full rights of son-ship.
Now because we are sons,what is the benefit?What difference does it bring to your life?
God has sent the Spirit of His son in our hearts.
The Spirit calls out Abba Father.
We have been made heirs.Heirs of what? Heirs of the Kingdom of God which cannot be shaken!
Praise the Lord children of promise!………………