Chapter Three, Lesson Three
HAPPY IN FAITH Page
V.17 ** How does Paul now clarify what he is trying
to say about the promises of God and the impact of the Law?
By saying that the Law, which came after the covenant had been "ratified"
by God, was not able to invalidate the promise.
** How did God "ratify" his covenant or promise to Abraham?
Paul uses the word "prokuroo" which means; "to establish
beforehand". It was more than a handshake, that's for sure! Let's
see it together.
Read - Genesis 15:7-17, Men of Abraham's day would cut animals in half,
and then walk together between them saying, "If I break my covenant
with you, may the same thing be done to me as has been done to these
animals!" This covenant was completely unique, in that God put
Abraham to sleep (V.12) and walked through the animals alone (V.17),
signifying that He was swearing by Himself to fulfill it and that it
was totally dependent on Him.
cf. Hebrews 6:13-18
** According to Galatians 3:17, how much later did the Law come, after
the giving of the promise to Abraham?
Four hundred and thirty years!
** Did it "nullify the promise"?
V.18 ** Paul calls our salvation "the inheritance" here
in verse 18, what is wrong with saying that it is based on the Law?
That would make it "no longer based on a promise".
** Which is more dependable, your ability to keep the Law or God's ability
to keep His promise?
Obviously, God's promise is more dependable!
** How was this inheritance granted to Abraham?
Not by keeping the Law, but "God has granted it to Abraham by
means of a promise."
** Emotionally speaking, how does your heart respond to the wonderful
truth that your salvation is not based on you keeping the Law, but rather
on God's promise to save you by His grace through faith?
Our hearts should be joyful, thankful, full of praise and happy to
be children of "the faith".
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