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Galatians, Chapter Three, Lesson One

HEARING WITH FAITH           Page 4

V. 5 ** What two works of God does Paul now address?

1) "...provides you with the Spirit..."
cf. Luke 11:13, John 16:13, Acts 1:4-5

2) "...works miracles among you..."
cf. 1Corinthians 2:4-5, 2Corinthians 12:9-10, Ephesians 3:20-21

** How does God choose to make us aware of these mighty works of His, by us keeping His Law?

No, but rather by our "Hearing with Faith"! God does not save us, give us His Spirit, perform
mighty miracles or make us into new creatures because we keep the Law - but because we have heard with saving faith. cf. Romans 10:17, Matthew 11:15 and John 8:42-47 (Jesus speaking to legalistic Jews)

V. 6 ** Seeing that some people do not effectually hear the Word of God, who does Paul now give as an example of "Hearing with Faith"?

Abraham, the father of all who would believe in God through Jesus Christ, Jew and Gentile alike! Join me in Paul's letter to the Romans, chapter four and we will see Paul's expanded explanation of why Abraham is used as an example. Read Romans 4:1-12

V. 3 - Taken from Genesis 15:5-6 (as is Gal.3:6)
V. 7 - From Psalm 32:1
V. 8 - From Psalm 32:2
V. 9 - Note: Abraham was not circumcised until Genesis 17:24, 23 years after Genesis 15:6.
V.11 - He received circumcision as a seal of the righteousness reckoned to him by faith.

** Now, back in Galatians 3:6, what does it mean that his faith was "reckoned to him as righteousness"?

Literally:

Hebrew [chashab] - To think, to account
Greek [logizomai] - To reckon, to consider

"To consider, account or put towards someone's account". Abraham's faith was responded to by God, in that God gave him righteousness.

V. 7 ** How do we know that Paul is about to make his point?

Because he begins this verse with "therefore", a one word statement introducing his conclusion.

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