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Galatians, Chapter Three, Lesson Two

HOLY BY FAITH           Page 2
V. 8 (Cont'd.)

** Was the gospel preached even before Abraham?

Yes, even in the garden of Eden, after the fall of mankind into sin God said to the serpent [Satan], "And I will put enmity between you and the women, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel." This statement foretold the coming of the messiah who would defeat Satan and grant salvation by grace through faith.
(cf. Genesis3:15 with 1John 3:7-8)

** How does our opening verse for today say that God would justify the Gentiles?

He would do it "..by faith..." We have learned that to be justified means to be found as "just" or holy before God, because He took our sin away at the cross and gave us the righteousness of Christ. We are no longer guilty, because the price was paid by Jesus Christ on our behalf.

V. 9 ** Knowing that we have been made "Holy by Faith", how can we also be "blessed with Abraham"?

We must be people "of faith", like Abraham. True saving faith will always produce obedience to the Word of God!

** Paul calls him "Abraham, the believer", do you recall the greatest test of Abraham's faith?

It was when God asked Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice. Let's look at it together to better understand how important it is to obey God in faith. All see - Genesis 22:1-18, Abraham gives us four characteristics of obedient faith:

1) Immediate obedience - V. 3
2) Sustained obedience - V. 4
3) Willing obedience - V. 5
4) Contagious obedience - V. 6 & 8

Rewards of obedience:
1) God's providence - V.13
2) God's provision - V.14
3) God's promise - V.17
4) God's plurality - V.18

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