My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Galatians 3

Promises are stronger than law

Don't be silly. You know full well that you received the Spirit by faith. Stop going back to trying human effort. Remember Abraham was saved by faith.

The law curses us because we can't do it all, so Jesus became a curse by hanging on a tree so that we might be free.

God's inheritance was given to Abraham's seed singular. It was given to Jesus. That was a promise, and the law that came hundreds of years later didn't break that promise. The law, by creating transgressions, allowed that promise to be fulfilled, but once it had done so, we didn't have to follow the law anymore.

You, then, are God's children and the seed of Abraham with Jesus. God doesn't discriminate on gender, colour, or social status.

Key verse:
28. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

My thoughts:
It's a pretty sweet key verse. Societies like our love these parts of the Bible, and it is pretty cool. God doesn't discriminate against the things which you cannot change. It's verses like this which add weight to the view that the issues surrounding homosexuality cannot be grouped in the same basket as the issues surrounding women.

As for the rest of the passage, Paul is appealing to two things. He is appealing to the Galatian's personal experience of the Spirit. Often it's good to base faith on reality rather than what sounds good. Why should they change what was working?

Secondly he is doing his old trick of going to the Covenant that predates Moses, aligning it with Christianity, and thereby giving it more authority that Moses' Covenant.

Paul's view is this: The law is not made to make people righteous, because then it would be a massive failure and God doesn't fail. Dead comes from the law, but only so that life can come through Jesus.


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