North Anderson Baptist Church
Justified by Faith Through the Promise of God, Part 2
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    2308 N Main St, Anderson, SC 29621, United States
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3. Gentiles have Abraham’s Promise too - Vv. 10-18

When someone thinks that following the law (or salvation by works) and “faith in Christ” go together, then they find that they are cursed. Paul quotes Deuteronomy 27:26, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” How can a person be justified by the Law if they are cursed because they can’t observe the Law completely? Paul uses the following argument: that no one is justified by the law for it is not based upon faith, but “the righteous will live by faith.” Those who seek to live by the Law can never fully obey it and therefore are under a curse. But the righteous live by faith in Christ who has redeemed us from the curse of the Law. Jesus Christ became cursed and redeemed us so we would not be cursed; He did so by dying on a tree (cross). (“Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” Deuteronomy 21:23)

Wiersbe says that this word “redeemed” found in Galatians 3:13 means to purchase a slave for the purpose of setting him free.

What is Paul telling the Gentiles in the Galatian churches? He is saying that Jesus died for them too and that there is no need for them to become Jews and follow their laws; Christ did everything that is necessary for them to have salvation and to set them free from their sin. He came to redeem them that they would not know the curse of the law and so they could live by faith in Christ and Christ alone. What the Judaizers wanted was for the Christian Gentiles to be led into slavery again. Listen, when you are saved you are set free from the sin in your lives!! Don’t let anything drag you back into slavery; we have been given freedom and liberty of the Grace of God through the Lord Jesus Christ.

The inhabitants of the thirteen colonies fought hard for their freedom from the slavery from Great Britain in our Revolutionary War; when they won the war they were set free from the tyranny of the king. What Paul is saying about the Gentiles and the law would be like the newly freed American colonies that had just experienced freedom from England, going back to the king of England and saying we don’t think we can do this without you ruling over us, take us back. That would be surrendering back the freedom for which so many fought and died. In this case with Jesus, He did all the dying for you and me and we would stomp on His blood and say it is worthless if we chose to live under the law or under a works salvation.

Now, when Abraham was given the promise of salvation through His faith in the coming Jesus, it was counted and imputed to him as righteousness. Paul is saying to the Gentiles that they too could participate in this same Promise given to Abraham, salvation by faith alone in Christ. Being a part of this promise, Paul says you can’t just set it aside. The promise (this covenant) was given to Abraham without any conditions from God for Abraham to fulfill. It was a covenant of Grace. Verse 16 says, “The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed.” The promise was made to Abraham and to Jesus, who was the Seed of Abraham. No one can alter the covenant or promise but the Lord God and the Lord Jesus Christ, and surely not Moses and the law. The grace of God is greater than the law for God is greater than Moses.
4. The Purpose of the Law - Vv. 19-25

I love this thought Paul brings up starting in verse 19. The purpose of the law was to highlight the transgressions of mankind. Sin was in the world from the Fall. (Genesis 3) But this sin was not counted as transgressions against God until Moses gave the Law to the Israelites. The purpose or function of the law was to turn men’s sins into transgressions and then those transgressions could be seen as open rebellion against God. That allows man to then realize that our sin was made “sinful beyond measure.” The angels placed into effect the law and then Moses became the mediator between God and man when he presented the law to the people.

Paul makes it clear that the law is not opposed to the promises of God. The law becomes the means of declaring that all are sinful and that all need the promises of God, in the Lord Jesus Christ, to acquire righteousness of God or to “impart life.” But since the law can’t impart life we see the truth to be that if one believes by faith that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, then the promises of God can be theirs.
Before faith in Christ was revealed to us through His death burial and resurrection, all were in bondage or in prison to the law! We were locked up in this prison until such time that we were enlightened by the Spirit that the grace of God could set us free through faith in Jesus. The law was like a tutor that was charged in taking us to Christ. The best explanation from scholars is this, the law was like a slave in the house of a person who had a young boy. His job was to instruct the child in life lessons and to be his guide. One of the responsibilities he had was to take the young boy to his teacher so that instruction could take place. The law acts like that tutor or slave. The Law helps us to know the moral aspects of life and we then are led to Christ that we can come to the fullness of faith thereby being justified, made right before God through Jesus. With us experiencing faith in Christ, then the tutor, or the law in this case, is no longer needed and we are no longer “bound in the prison of following the law,” but we are now free by the faith we have in the Lord Jesus Christ.
5. The Unity of all believers Vv. 26-29

Because Paul was addressing all the differences the Galatians were hearing from the Judaizers, Paul spoke to the ONENESS in Christ. Those in Christ are the sons and daughters of God. Because of that (being the sons of God) you who have been baptized into Christ are one together and are clothed in Christ.

Baptism demonstrated their faith—people “believed and were baptized”—not the other way around. It also demonstrated identification with the body of believers, the Christian church.
Paul may have been referring to the baptism of the Holy Spirit. When a person believes, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell within. Jesus promised this (John 14:16-17). The Holy Spirit also supernaturally makes us a part of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-13). (Life Application New Testament Commentary.)

Verse 28 speaks of one of the most important parts of what Christianity is all about. There are no racial, social or ethnic barriers when one becomes a Christian. When you are a part of Christ nothing else matters, you are first of all a Christ follower. In the days of Paul, Jews and Gentiles (Greek) were never mixed as far as the Jews were concerned. In the Roman society there were great divisions as well. But when a Jew, a Roman or a Greek became a Christian, then all separatism was destroyed. A new believer was a Christian before all else. It was something that had to be learned and as one matured one understood the family of God. Sometimes we might also have problems with other races, or ethnic or social groups. If we could just see each other as God sees us, in Christ, then we would never have those prejudices that come to us through our old way of believing or thinking. Today, God is calling us to see all people as one in Christ no matter the color of our skin or the look of our face or where we came from, we are the ones who can break down those differences by allowing Christ to live freely and fully in us.

Social barriers were broken down as people became Christians. There were many people who were slaves that became Christians and they were considered the same before Christ as someone who was a free person. (See the book of Philemon regarding the way Paul handle a slave becoming a Christian and how the master and slave were to relate to one another.) Such distinctions were important to break down if the church of Jesus Christ was to be one body.
When you are introduced to someone else wouldn’t it be great to say that you are a believer or a Christian who happens to be a … Christian lawyer or Christian doctor or Christian teacher, etc... We have created barriers for our lives too and if we would but be identified as a believer rather than by our occupation first then some of those barriers would fall.

As for the distinctions of male or female, Paul said that they were the same in Christ. Men and women are not the same but in Christ there is no difference, one is not more important than the other for we are all “one” in Christ.

Paul who preached that all are one in Christ also taught about the different roles of men and women in the church of Jesus Christ but clearly said that before the Lord there is not difference in importance or privilege. The social, racial and ethnic difference were extremely important to the Romans and Jews as well as others throughout the civilized land, but in Christ all that was changed. All these barriers were broken down. All are one in Christ! All are equally valuable to God. Differences arise in gifts, in function, in abilities, but all are one in Christ (Ephesians 2:15).

Paul then, at the end of this discourse brings us back to the beginning and says that all who belong to Christ are Abraham’s seed and therefore are heirs to the promise given to Abraham. The promise to be loved of God and found faithful and righteous in Christ through our faith. The grace of God is given to us through faith in the death, burial and resurrection of the Son of God. I am a child of God with heaven as my home!

Invitation

Dear friend if you are reading this by way of the internet please know that you are loved and cared for. If you have no relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ His Son, then I invite you to trust Him by faith and receive Him as your personal Savior. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sin of everyone in the world that they may have eternal life. All of us have sinned and all are guilty before Almighty God who made us to have fellowship with Him. But sin broke that ability to have a relationship and Jesus has restored the possibility to know God personally through His sacrifice. Please know that if you will seek God and turn from your sin and pray He will respond with His love and give to you a personal relationship through your belief in His Son and the sacrifice He made just for you. He will call for a change in your life too. He wants you to follow Him, not the world, not your own desires, but to follow Jesus. That brings a life change when you turn from sin and self and by faith believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. There is no Savior without Him being Lord of your life. Your willingness to change by following Him daily in your life will be the proof of your faith. When life throws its curves your way and you have found yourself broken by others or by the world let us introduce you to the only One who can help you…Jesus! You can write or call the office and we will follow up by contacting you. Office phone number is 864-225-2575 and the website address is www.northandersonbaptist.com and the physical address is 2308 N. Main St., Anderson, SC 29621. Dear friend if you are a believer and you have been touched by the Lord and you would like to talk to someone at the church just contact us in one of the ways you see above. If you are a believer and would like to talk about the church and your interest in being a part, please call and we can set up an appointment for you and get to know you. It would be a great pleasure to share our Lord’s love with you. This is a loving church and you are important to us, so please let us know what we can do for you in the Lord.Pastor Bill Rigsby

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