Chapter Three, Lesson Four
HEIRS THROUGH FAITH Page
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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