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Galatians, Chapter Three, Lesson Four

HEIRS THROUGH FAITH           Page 4

V.26 ** Ok, if we are no longer under this tutor, what have we become in the eyes of God?

"...you are all sons of God..." How about that for ancestry! We ought to be very thankful for the fact that God has made us His very own children through faith in Jesus Christ! From beginning to end, the New Testament is replete with references to this marvelous truth! Here are just a few examples:

Matthew 5:9 "peacemakers...sons of God"
John 1:12 "received Him...become children"
Romans 8:16 "The Spirit...bears witness"
Galatians 4:5 "receive the adoption as sons."
1John 3:1 "called children of God"
Revelation 21:6-7 "I will be his God and he will be My son"

** These are all tremendous statements, but let's not forget how they came to pass. How was all of this accomplished?

"...through faith in Christ Jesus." It is hard to imagine why anyone would reject such a wonderful offer to become a child of God, and yet the world around us is dying and going to hell for the lack of understanding this simple truth!

V.27 ** What two fold description does Paul offer of the "sons of God"?

1) They "were baptized into Christ"
2) They "have clothed [themselves] with Christ"

** Is there any water in this verse?

No, it is dry! Paul is saying that they had been immersed into the body and work of Christ by their faith in Him. cf. Romans 6:3, 1Corinthians 10:1-2

** What would be wrong with telling these Galatians they had been saved by going through water baptism, and then placed into Christ?

That would be another form of "works salvation", not at all unlike the Judaizers who were saying, "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved".
(Acts 15:1)

** What did Paul mean when he said they "...have clothed [themselves] with Christ"?

He was reiterating the truth stated earlier in Galatians 2:20, "...it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God...", and he was saying that the same was true of these Galatians believers! cf. Romans 13:13-14

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