Some Jewish converts taught that Gentiles needed to convert to Judaism before becoming Christians. To receive His inheritance, though, God only required faith in Christ.
Therefore, the Apostle Paul wrote to the Galatian church to counter this perversion of the gospel.
God gave the promises to Abraham and his child. And notice that the Scripture doesn’t say “to his children,” as if it meant many descendants. Rather, it says “to his child”—and that, of course, means Christ. Galatians 3:16
He established his position on this false teaching as foolishness. In fact, this chapter began with the following words.
Oh, foolish Galatians! Who has cast an evil spell on you? For the meaning of Jesus Christ’s death was made as clear to you as if you had seen a picture of his death on the cross. Galatians 3:1
He considered them foolish because they changed what he had initially taught them. These Jews wanted Christianity but had difficulty letting go of their Judaism.
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We sometimes have trouble with that same concept because we have a hard time giving up old habits. Paul explained to them that God replaced their old habit by His grace.
Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law of Moses? Of course not! You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ. Galatians 3:2
Early on in the book of Genesis, God promised Abraham an inheritance. This promise came before the law. Therefore, the law had nothing to do with it.
We won’t turn this into a history lesson. Instead, let’s look at how this scripture involves us today. We’ll investigate what the inheritance is and the importance of the law.
The Inheritance from God
The Lord never forgot about His commitment to Abraham. God also fulfilled the inheritance He promised to Abraham through His Son, Jesus.
Today, we, too, can enjoy this same inheritance by becoming an heir of God. How? By establishing a relationship of faith in Christ grafts us into the family of God.
For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26,28
In those two verses, the apostle used the word “all” twice. He mentioned three brackets of people: Jews and Gentiles, slave and free, and male and female, which covers everybody.
- Putting Jews and Gentiles on the same plain means Christianity has no room for prejudice at all. God doesn’t judge based on color or nationality, and neither should we.
- He said there is no longer slave or free. God doesn’t show special preference to one class of people and shun another. He expects faithfulness from all people.
- It’s a fact that God created men and women differently. Different, however, doesn’t make either one dominant or inferior. He treats men and women the same.
In Romans we read.
For his Spirit joins with our Spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. Romans 8:16-17
Paul summed this up in the last verse of chapter 3. No matter our gender, social standing, or nationality, the promise to Abraham belongs to all believers.
And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you. Galatians 3:29
The Law of God
Looking back to verse 19, the apostle asked, “Why, then, was the law given?” He then proceeded to submit the answer.
It was given alongside the promise to show people their sins. But the law was designed to last only until the coming of the child who was promised. God gave his law through angels to Moses, who was the mediator between God and the people. Galatians 3:19
The law couldn’t save anyone. But it did help people to stay on the right track by showing them when they sinned. Even today, many societies have built their laws around God’s law.
The King James Version says the law served as our schoolmaster. The NLT words it in this manner.
The law was our guardian until Christ came; it protected us until we could be made right with God through faith. And now that the way of faith has come, we no longer need the law as our guardian. Galatians 3:24-25
Today, the law of Jesus governs us. He condensed all the laws of the Old Testament into two inclusive commandments.
Jesus replied, ” ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40
God loves you and has promised you an inheritance that will last for eternity as we faithfully serve Jesus.
Lord, help us to live by the two commandments given by Jesus. As we live for Him, we look forward to the eternal inheritance that you, God, have promised us.
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It would be a good idea if you took the time to read the entire chapter of Galatians 3.
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