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Galatians, Chapter Three, Lesson Two

HOLY BY FAITH           Page 3
V. 9 (Cont'd.)

Reason:

"...because you have obeyed My voice." V.18

Even during times of testing, the hallmark of true saving faith is obedience. That is why Peter put so high a value on the "faith" that would trust the Lord and rejoice during trials.
cf. 1Peter 1:6-7

V.10 ** Now, back in Galatians 3:10, after hearing of the blessings available to those who are of faith like Abraham's, how does Paul describe people who would want to earn their own way to heaven by "the works of the Law"?

They are "...under a curse..."!

** Why is that?

Because the Law set the perfect standard which we cannot meet on our own and if you break one part of it, you are guilty of breaking it all. (cf. James 2:10, Galatians 5:3)

** What is the most condemning word in this O.T. quote?

The little word "all" - it gives no room for error. This quote is taken from Deuteronomy 27:26 and is in perfect agreement with New Testament teaching on the Law.

V.11 ** Before you were saved by the grace of God, what type of things did you do to show yourself a good person and to receive some kind of eternal reward?

A likely list might be: Helping others, giving to charities, paying your taxes, working hard and playing by the rules. I would like you to meet such a young man who thought he did everything right. All see - Matthew 19:16-22, read passage.

** Well, according to Galatians 3:11, do any of those "good" things justify us sinners before God?

Absolutely not! That is obvious, Paul goes so far as to quote Psalm 14 when he wrote Romans 3:10-11 and said, "There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God". Obviously, no one is justified by the Law before God!

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