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Galatians, Chapter Three, Lesson Three

HAPPY IN FAITH           Page 5
V.21 (Cont'd.)

** Who gave the Law to Israel?

God!

** Who gave the promises to Abraham?

God, also! He does not work against Himself, so the Law could never be considered contrary to the wonderful promises of God.

** What would be the impact on you and me if the Law which was given, could impart eternal life?

We would be having to work under the heavy burden of earning our own righteousness while never breaking even one point of the Law. Not a happy thought!

V.22 ** Well, instead of being capable of earning our own righteousness, how does Scripture describe humanity's spiritual condition?

It has "...shut up all men under sin..."
cf. Romans 3:9 with 3:23

** Being found to be in this deplorable state, what is there to be happy about?

The fact that Scripture did not leave us there, but brings us to the understanding "...that the promise of faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe." Now that is something you can be happy about every day.

** Who is Paul aligning us with when he calls us "those who believe"?

From last week, he is saying that we have become like "Abraham, the believer". (V.9)

** When a sinner comes to understand his or her sinful condition and accepts the good news of salvation by grace through faith, they have acquired the "wisdom from above". What are the two sources of wisdom?

That which comes from God or above and that which is earthy, natural and demonic. To see a portrait of these wisdoms, look with me to James 3:13-18

Read text - (V.13-15) (V.16-18)

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