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#133-G79 ~ Galatians 3:13-15

Gary Googe Oct 14

I introduce this study with some comments about OUR gospel today, the one God used to introduce this which is called the gospel of the grace of God [Acts 20:24] and the gospel of the uncircumcision [Galatians 2:7]. All this is to do with the cross work of Christ, Him dying for our sins, being buried, and resurrected [I Corinthians 15:1-4]. It is faith in this and this alone that salvation is provided instantly and permanently [Ephesians 2:8-9].

In our study we’ve been looking at this which is called redemption. That being Christ paying the price justice demanded so that salvation would be available to all through faith in what He provided. We begin studying our passage by looking at the place in the Old Testament that Paul is drawing from – Deuteronomy 21:22 and following. Our passage in Galatians is simply telling us this good news about Christ paying the full penalty for our sins. We have nothing to add to this. This salvation comes to us by grace through faith in Christ alone. No work on our part is necessary. None at all! Next we have a comment about the Holy Spirit. I’ve written an article on this subject for our website entitled, Holy Spirit: What is His role in our life today? I hope you’ll go there and study what I’ve written. Even most believers know very little about the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives. You can certainly become an exception to that. I hope you will.

I then go to I Corinthians 6:9 and following, explaining this thing about gaining the righteousness of God that He demands. Here Paul reminds us of the things unbelievers do. We’re not to be a part of these things, but they are sinful activities believers may engage in doing, and many do. They shouldn’t, but they do. We are to live a righteous life, but to get the righteousness God demands for salvation only comes by faith, not our works.

I then go to II Timothy 3:16 where it reminds us of the place of the WHOLE Bible in our time. It is ALL FOR us and is all PROFITABLE, but it is not all TO us. I then discuss this. II Timothy 2:15 is another relevant passage to all this. I then discuss this passage as well. Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us of how salvation is totally free. There’s no work on our part involved in it at all. Do most people know this? NO! The reality is that MOST people, even most churchgoers don’t know this. But you can be a wonderful exception to that. Romans 4:4-5 is still another passage that helps us understand that our works have no impact at all in providing salvation for us or anyone. It is OUR apostle, the apostle Paul who informs us of all this. Other writers of Scripture do not. I Timothy 1:15-16 serves as a part of the Bible documentation for this. I conclude with this which is the wonderful news we have for ourselves and for others we should share it with.

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