Week 3, Day 2, Galatians 3:6-9
SOAP: Galatians 3:8-9
verse 8 says, "...the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham..." To say that Scripture foresaw and preached the gospel beforehand is to personify Scripture. The written text is treated as a person who sees and speaks.
Paul's personification of Scripture means that for him the written text expresses the voice of God: What Scripture says, God says. We must get this, I must get it into my heart and mind!!
When we spend time in the Word, we are spending time with God. God speaks through His Word. Since this is true, shouldn't we be spending more time with God's Word?
Let us encourage those who are reading through the Bible this year; by just spending 15 minutes a day, you can read through the whole Bible in a year.
Sidebar: God's plan to include the nations means there is no room for racism, bigotry, or prejudice in the church of Jesus Christ. There is no room for excluding people on the basis of racial heritage, ethnic origin, language, appearance, skin color, or any other secondary issue. God has always intended to save people from every tribe, tongue, clan, kindred, and nation. If a person has faith in Christ, they are our brother or sister in Christ; and we are commanded to love them.
So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer.This application in verse 9 of verse 8's quotation from Scripture is parallel to the application in verse 7 of the Scripture quotation in verse 6. Both applications have as the subject those who have faith. Two related descriptions are given of those who have faith: They are children of Abraham (v. 7), and they are blessed along with Abraham, the believer (v. 9).
The point Paul is making from his exposition of the Old Testament narrative of Abraham is that the Galatian believers are Abraham's children and recipients of Abraham's blessing.
Since Abraham was considered righteous because he was given the faith to believe God; and since all believers are, in God's eyes, the children of Abraham whether or not they are his blood descendants, therefore, all those who are saved out of the faith of Christ are blessed with eternal life along with believing Abraham.
We are saved by believing the gospel promises, not by their consistency of behavior. Am I trying to encourage sin by this? No, I'm simply trying to clarify the faith that saves: It is one which is fixed in the promises of God and not the actions of men.
Faith. "Those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham." And "Those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer." Those of faith from all nations enjoy the blessing. Abraham is now the prototype of the universal people of faith, not simply the ancestor of the Jewish race. So it is not necessary to belong to the Jewish race to participate in the blessing of Abraham.
All that is necessary is faith like Abraham's.
Please feel free to Share anything God is showing you in the study in the comment section or privately. I would love to hear from you.
With Love in Christ, Blessings to you,