Galatians 3:19 Till The Seed Should Come

Galatians 3:19 (KJV)
Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

Till the seed should come

The Bible says

  • The law serves a temporary purpose
  • The law was added because of transgressions and
  • The purpose of the law was finished when the seed comes

We know that seed to be Jesus Christ. The law was a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ. The law now serves no purpose. The answer for sin and transgression is not the law but Jesus. The souls of men need no more duties. We need Jesus. We need to put no more yolk or burden upon people. We need to bring them to Jesus.

The promise of God is not a law. It is a Saviour. It is the seed of Abraham. It is Jesus.

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Galatians 3:19 Till The Seed Should Come

Galatians 2:8 Where God Works Effectively

Galatians 2:8 (KJV)
(For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)

The ministry of the apostles, especially the ministry of Peter and Paul, is uniquely different from that of any preacher since. This is because the apostles were uniquely meant as the foundation of the local churches, Christ being the cornerstone.

However, we use Paul’s ministry, especially as the model for everything from pastoring, missions, and evangelists. In that sense, it is telling that Peter and Paul had uniquely different calls from God and that God worked effectively through each man as they ministered to those God had committed unto them.

Paul did try to reach the circumcised and admitted having a great burden for them. We may assume Peter attempted to reach Gentiles with the Gospel and, indeed, has done so through his contributions to the New Testament.

It seems appropriate to preach to those called into the ministry to seek those God has committed to their trust. It doesn’t mean we ignore others. It does mean God will work most effectively through us when we remain focused on the ministry He has committed to us.

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Galatians 1:23 Hearing is Good Enough

Galatians 1:23 (KJV)
But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.

The Bible says the believers in Judaea did not meet Paul. They had only heard that he had been converted and now preached the faith. The Bible says then that they glorified God in him.

I do not believe they thanked God that he no longer persecuted them but that he had gotten saved.

  • They did not need to see it for themselves
  • They were content with the testimonies of others
  • They rejoiced that one such as Saul of Tarsus would come not only to be saved but to proclaim the message of salvation.

There are souls whose faces we will never see on this side of eternity. We can only hear of their conversions.

We should not need to know a soul personally to glorify God that they are saved and serving Jesus.

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Galatians 1:23 Hearing is Good Enough

2 Corinthians 10:2 Please. Don’t Be Them

2 Corinthians 10:2 (KJV)
But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.

There was a sort of boldness the Apostle did not want to practice among these Christians.

There were some with whom he was not hesitant to be bold and aggressive. I take it that, in this case, they were Judaizers. They were people who resisted Paul’s ministry and taught that Christians were to incorporate Jewish practices and customs – Mosiac Law – into the course of their faith. Paul was bold against them. (I think partially because they were bold against what he taught. A teacher of the Word might accept some differences of faith. But he cannot if those who hold a different view are not gracious in return.)

The gist of this text is Paul’s concern that these Christians do not turn into those he must confront.

  • He was not afraid to do it
  • He did not want to do it unless necessary.

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2 Corinthians 10:2 Please. Don’t Be Them

2 Corinthians 9:12 The Concept of Christian Generosity

2 Corinthians 9:12 (KJV)
For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;

The concept of generosity. Giving, and giving abundantly, – even sacrificially – is such a fundamental principle in the Bible, we can hardly overstate it.

Paul says of the offering being taken that it
Supplied the want of the needs of the saints
Practically speaking, a need was met through the gift. I think of the missionaries’ offerings or the church’s tithes. The ministries would not exist without the generous and faithful, often sacrificial giving of the people of God.

Produced thanksgivings unto God.
We acknowledge the generosity of the giver, but the praise, gratitude, and thanksgiving go up to God.

Resulted in our Lord being glorified
Which is the most important thing any one of us can do in this life. Let all things be done to the glory of the Lord.

Responded with prayer being offered on behalf of the giver
No gift, given to God, goes unrewarded. What better payment in return for the generosity of a believer than that believer then receiving the prayers of those whose needs have been met?

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2 Corinthians 9:12 The Concept of Christian Generosity

2 Corinthians 8:23 The Local Church Is God’s Perfect Plan

2 Corinthians 8:23 (KJV)
Whether any do enquire of Titus, he is my partner and fellowhelper concerning you: or our brethren be enquired of, they are the messengers of the churches, and the glory of Christ.

The messengers of the churches were two men selected[1] by the churches to travel with Titus as he collected the offerings from the various churches for the saints in Jerusalem. Paul wanted to “provide for things honest.”[2] He wanted witnesses to see that the money collected was handled honestly and to give testimony of the same.

But what about them? Should the question be raised about who they were and whether they were trustworthy, Paul’s answer, provided in anticipation and as a preventative, was

  • They were appointed by the churches
  • They were the glory of Christ

Paul was so confident in God’s leading through the local church that he saw no conflict saying that those sent out of the local church to do the work of the ministry are “the glory of Christ.”

I suppose this reflects on the messengers’ character because the churches would not have sent them if they had a reputation of poor character. But that is not the emphasis. I imagine Paul was familiar enough with the individual churches to trust their selections would be the highest character. But again, this does not seem to be the focus. The focus is Christ. He operates in and through local churches. Paul had such confidence in God’s plan through the church that he called their appointments “the glory of Christ.”

No church is perfect, and no messenger sent out of a church is perfect. But it is the perfect plan of God to send those messengers out of the local churches. And it is His glory reflected in them through His plan.


[1] It is the same Greek word as apostles. They were not apostles in the same sense as those chosen of Christ. But they were chosen by the churches. That carries great weight in the eyes of Apostle Paul.

[2] Romans 12:17 (KJV)

Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

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2 Corinthians 8:23 The Local Church Is God’s Perfect Plan

2 Corinthians 7:15 Will You Be My Friend?

2 Corinthians 7:15 (KJV)
And his inward affection is more abundant toward you, whilst he remembereth the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling ye received him.

Many years ago now, a man I knew well contacted me and, in tears, asked me, “Will you be my friend?”

This was a man whose friendship I would have cherished. He was manly, hard-working, and given to spiritual things. I liked him as a person and respected him as a man. But I had witnessed his slip away from the things of the Lord.

I responded that I would be honored to be called his friend and thought of him as my friend. But I said my focus in life was the Lord and His church. I told him that a close friendship would have to be built around God’s house. It was not what he was looking for. He wanted me to be his hunting and fishing friend. He wanted someone to hang out with at the ocean who would have a Christian testimony. He wanted to be around a Christian. He just didn’t want to be around the church too much. Needless to say, though I still count him a friend, I disappointed him.

My Biblical direction comes from this passage. Titus had a deep, inward affection for the people of the church in Corinth

  • Because they received him, and more
  • Because of their obedience and
  • Because of their fear and trembling

Believers cherish those who pour themselves into the things of God. They are our deepest friendships. Those who move away from the things of God we hold dear also move away from us. It’s not that we love them less. We love the Lord and the things of the Lord too much to move away from them.

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2 Corinthians 7:15 Will You Be My Friend?

2 Corinthians 1:7 Saved for Certain

2 Corinthians 1:7 (KJV)
And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.

Among the Calvinists, there is a phrase, “hopefully converted.” They don’t view anyone as genuinely saved until they have persevered to death. The Calvinist, though stubbornly claiming to hold to the absolute sovereignty of God, rest the whole matter of salvation upon the works of the sinner.

I find it interesting, then, that Paul says of the Corinthians his hope of them was steadfast. 

  • He was confident that they were saved. 
  • He expected that they were saved. 
  • He had no question that they were saved.

This hope was of the church’s people he had only recently corrected harshly. He was concerned they might not respond well to his rebukes, but he was not concerned they about their salvation.

There was a faction in the church Paul challenged concerning their faith. There is such a thing as a false profession of faith. But one who is saved is saved for certain. There is no reason for us to be skeptical and cynical. Salvation is of the Lord. Since He is sure, so is salvation.

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2 Corinthians 1:7 Saved for Certain

1 Corinthians 16:1 Like Faith and Practice

1 Corinthians 16:1 (KJV)
Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.

The immediate context of this verse concerns the collection of an offering designated for the saints in Jerusalem. Paul had plans to make a trip there and help the believers when he arrived. It was no small undertaking.

The believers, so far from Jerusalem, had to be stirred to care for people they would likely never meet this side of eternity. 

  • They had to be made to see that Christians in other places faced struggles unique to their area. 
  • They had to overcome prejudices regarding the differences between Jews and Gentiles. 
  • They had to develop an appreciation for their own spiritual heritage as it rested in Jerusalem. 

The money had to be collected, given an account of, and handled honestly and ethically. There is so much to learn from that.

What I want to focus on is that no matter where the church was, the orders for the collection were the same. Time, culture, distance, and economy changed nothing about the orders. As they were instructed and ordered in Galatia, the orders in Corinth were precisely the same.

We pride ourselves on our independence. We preach heavily on the autonomy of the local church, and we are right in doing it. But we must also keep in mind that, as independent of a human hierarchy as we might be, 

  • All our churches have the same head, Jesus Christ. 
  • We all have the same Great Commission, and 
  • We all receive our orders from the same book.

We are then to be of like faith and practice.

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1 Corinthians 16:1 Like Faith and Practice

1 Corinthians 15:34 To Your Shame

1 Corinthians 15:34 (KJV)
Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

This passage was the text of one of the first messages I preached.

It is powerful in its pathos.
It appeals to a sleeping and lethargic Christian community. If it applied two thousand years ago, imagine how much more today.

It is urgent in its mission
Some souls have no knowledge of God. I do not believe this refers to saving knowledge but instead to knowledge of how to be saved. We cannot force a soul to be saved. However, we can see to it they know how to be saved.

It is confrontational in its nature
“I speak this to your shame.” That a person hears the gospel and rejects is no shame on the witness. That no witness is given is shameful to all Christians.

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1 Corinthians 15:34 To Your Shame