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#117-G63 – Galatians 3:5-7

Gary Googe Jun 24

Justification by faith continues to be much of the theme of this passage. Human or “religious” works of any kind don’t make us acceptable to God. Only by faith in what He’s provided can salvation occur.

As we’ve seen, salvation is all about grace. Ephesians 2:8-9 makes that clear. There the focus is on what Christ has done to provide salvation, not anything we’ve done or can do. In this study I begin by talking about the three phases of salvation and I define them. Our passage is focused on the phase 1 part of this. We then continue our study with verse Galatians 3:5.

In our study we’ve been looking at the miraculous abilities God gave Paul and others back at the beginning of this present Dispensation of the Grace of God. There I noted WHY those special gifts were provided. Our first passage to note here is Acts (not Matthew as I mistakenly say) 19:11-12 notes that Paul had these special gifts of the Spirit. Philippians 2:25-27, Romans 8:28, 2 Timothy 4:20, and 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 are other passages I discuss and how they are related to this.

We then go back to Galatians 3:6 and get into some comments about the example Abraham has provided for us about faith and believing God’s word. In this case the subject is God’s imputation of His righteousness to us when we believe the gospel of I Corinthians 15:1-4. This imputation then provides us with what is called justification. I then define this and briefly explain it, but we’ll continue with more on this next time.

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