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Galatians, Chapter Three, Lesson Four

HEIRS THROUGH FAITH           Page 5

V.28 ** What impact does this new identity as the "sons of God" have on the diversity of believers in the world?

Paul says, "..for you are all one in Christ Jesus".

** How many different "type" comparisons of believers does Paul mention in this verse?

1) Jew/Greek 2) slave/free man 3) male/female

In the world of the Pharisees (and Judaizers), they loved to divide by these same classes. Of course we know of the separation maintained by the Jews from the Gentiles, but they also maintained a division between servants and masters, as well as men and women. Paul may have been referring to the daily common prayer of a Jewish man of that day. It went like this, "I thank God that you have not made me a Gentile, a slave, or a woman". Jesus taught about this unloving, separatist viewpoint, which showed its ugly head in the prayer of the Pharisee. We see our Lord's view of that sin in Luke 18:9-14.

** Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, how does Paul's analysis of a Christian differ from that of the Pharisee's.

Again, "...you are all one in Christ Jesus"! That is why he urged us to be "diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace". (Ephesians 4:3)

V.29 ** What impact does belonging to Christ make upon our ancestry?

If you have been born-again, purchased with the blood of Jesus Christ and belong to Him, "...then you are Abraham's offspring..." Remember what John the Baptist said in Matthew 3:9, "...God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham"!

** What is beneficial about being Abraham's offspring?

We too, are "heirs according to promise". With that statement, we are placed in wonderful company. cf. Romans 8:17, James 2:5

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