Next Week’s Message: God’s Promise before the Law
God’s Promise before the Law
The Christians in the region of Galatia were under attack by false teachers. Paul, who founded these churches and led these first century Christians to faith is making a detailed defense of the gospel in his letter to them. In chapter 3 Paul is “neck deep” in his detailed argument that we are saved – justified before God – and given the Holy Spirit by faith and not by works.
First he argues from experience—the experience the Galatians had when they received the Holy Spirit (Gal. 3:1–5). Next he argues from Scripture using the biblical record about Abraham, the man of faith (Gal. 3:6–14). But when it comes to making a theological point, it always helps to have a good illustration, so next Paul takes “a human example” (Gal. 3:15).
His illustration comes from the world of jurisprudence as it relates to a covenant. Next Sunday we will look at his argument.