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Galatians, Chapter Three, Lesson Three

HAPPY IN FAITH           Page 2
V.15 (Cont'd.)

** What example does Paul now draw from to establish his argument for the unchangeable character of God's promise?

"...terms of human relations..." He is going to use the covenants or contracts between men to show why God will not change His mind.

** What must happen to an agreement between men in order for it to become binding?

It must be "...ratified..." [kuroo] lit: to make valid, Webster adds -"to approve formally, confirm"

** What are some of the ways that is done between two individuals in our world today?

Shaking of hands, signing of contracts, giving an oath or issuing a court order.

** Once it has been ratified, should it be changed in any way?

No, "...no one sets it aside or adds conditions to it." Remember, this is talking about a covenant just between men, and it is to be honored. How much more binding would be a covenant by God!

V.16 ** After giving us his example, Paul says, "Now the promises were spoken to Abraham...", what promises is he talking about?

Genesis 12:2 - "I will make you a great nation" and "I will bless you, and make your name great"
Genesis 12:3 - Promise of protection
Genesis 12:7 - Promise of land
Genesis 15:4-5 - An heir, according to the will of God and many descendants.
Genesis 15:6 - Promise of righteousness by faith!
Genesis 18:10 - The son of the promise, within one year!

** Besides Abraham, to whom were these promises spoken?

"...and to his seed..." The One who would come, the seed of promise, Jesus Christ.
cf. Acts 3:25-26

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