Father of Faith

Gal 3:16  Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ.

Gal 3:17  What I am saying is this: the Law, which came four hundred and thirty years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to nullify the promise.

Gal 3:18  For if the inheritance is based on law, it is no longer based on a promise; but God has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise.

Gal 3:19  Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made.

Gal 3:20  Now a mediator is not for one party only; whereas God is only one.

Gal 3:21  Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God? May it never be! For if a law had been given which was able to impart life, then righteousness would indeed have been based on law.

Gal 3:22  But the Scripture has shut up everyone under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.

Gal 3:23  But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed.

Gal 3:24  Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.

Gal 3:25  But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.

Gal 3:26  For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

Gal 3:27  For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

Gal 3:28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Gal 3:29  And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.

 

In verse 28 it is referring to the customs of the land and the times.  ‘There is neither male nor female’.  Jesus made men and women equal- to be treated as such and it should be satisfying to each.  This was a new idea and is seen through God’s eyes.  The world is a little slow catching on- and so the big fight for women’s rights.

Jesus is the seed of Abraham.  He is the Messiah.  Messiah means Savior of the world.  This is a promise that was frequently spoken to Abraham in such passages as Genesis 15 & 17.  He believed GOD that one of his descendants would be the Messiah and that he would have a son in his old age.  This is the birth of faith.  This is the blessing of being Abraham- the Messiah in his bloodline and being the father of all the Jews.  He was already rich, powerful and living in the Promised Land.  God really loved Abraham.  He was possibly the only believer at the time.  God’s plan had unfolded and we don’t need another father of many nations or a Messiah because we already have them.  But don’t feel left out.  You can use your gifts and be yourself and do God’s work.  Now God wants to save as many as He can and have many more people love Him and follow HIM and in turn He will bring them to heaven.

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