Galatians 3

(1-14) Paul reminds us that the Spirit is given as a result of believing the gospel, not as a result of trying to follow the law. The law can’t give the Spirit. The law can’t make us righteous. The law can’t save. If we try to keep the law, we’re cursed (Deuteronomy 27:26), because no-one can do everything that the law requires. Thankfully, Jesus Christ became a curse for us (Deuteronomy 21:23) when He was crucified. When we believe in Him we are made righteous, and we inherit the promise first revealed to Abraham (Genesis 12:3): “all the nations shall be blessed in you.” Jews and Gentiles are united through their faith in Jesus Christ, not the works of the law!

(15-29) The promise of Jesus Christ was given to Abraham (Genesis 22:18). It came before the law and the law didn’t negate it. The law was given so that we would realize our need for a savior, since the law reveals sin. It was our guardian until the promise came. Now that the promise has come, we are children of faith and heirs of the promise!

Isn’t it amazing that God brings all people together in Christ? Isn’t it astonishing that God revealed that plan to Abraham? Isn’t it astounding that He has given us the Spirit?

Deuteronomy 10:17 “For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, mighty, and awesome God…”

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