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 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 3:3 So Foolish?

Galatians 3:3 (KJV)
Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

This is a fundamental verse. It is certainly pivotal in this epistle. It is the distinguishing trait between true faith and mere religion. It is also the battle every professing Christian engages every day.

The religious world would argue the whole concept of “having begun in the Spirit.” Religion likes to make the starting mark that place when people start to do as they teach. But even among those who get it that the Christian faith starts with a work of the Holy Spirit, the bulk of them quickly jump to teaching that we begin with a gracious work of God, but we run the Christian race with determination and perspiration.

We, who acknowledge that the Christian begins, runs and finishes in the Spirit, wrestle with it in our own flesh. We want to be it in the Spirit, but we struggle to see how to continue if we don’t involve the flesh.

Oh, LORD, teach us to walk by faith, live by faith, run by faith, work by faith so that, in the end, we finish our race by faith.

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Galatians 3:3 So Foolish?

Galatians 5:5 Wait For It

Galatians 5:5 (KJV)
For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

Every one of us knows we are flawed, even sinful beings. We know we are less than perfect. We know we have corruption in us. We know, in short, we are unrighteous. 

The disagreement happens when we propose to answer this unrighteousness. 

The one proposes to fix it through rules
Whether it be a religious rule or a legislative one, laws are passed to reign in, reduce and refine man’s corrupt nature. 

The other proposes to wait for that righteousness
I see three keys:
Through the Spirit 
We are talking about saved people in this context. They have had their spirit quickened. They can hear the testimony of the Holy Spirit. They can follow Him. 

Wait
The word wait has to do with time, but it also has to do with a binding or a yoke. We serve as yoked together with Christ. We serve as He moves and not as we do. 

By faith
Believing, trusting, leaning upon the promises of God’s Word regardless of how long it takes for those promises to come about. 

We have not attained or apprehended all that God has for us. But rather than trying to make it happen on our own we are confident that the Holy Spirit calls us to wait, believing that, in God’s good time, we will see Jesus, and we will be like Him. 

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Galatians 5:5 Wait For It

Galatians 4:1-7 Child, Servant, Son

Galatians 4:1-7 (KJV)
Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:
But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

There is, in Galatians 4:1-7, three levels of spiritual relationship:
The child
In this context, the passage speaks of the unsaved/unregenerate. He is perhaps aware of those things that are spiritual. The Jews certainly were. But he is lost. He must be kept, guarded, fed, cared for. With a child, the future outcome is uncertain. 

The servant
Because of the context, I would identify this one as saved. He no longer needs to be tended. He may be busily tending to others. I think I know a lot of Christians happily (sometimes not so happily) engaged in this service, not knowing there is another place God wants them. 

The son
To as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God…[1] I do not deny that the Christian life is one of service. What I do insist is that it is not all the Christian life is. 

Desire to serve. Seek out opportunities for Christian service. But don’t stop there. Embrace your kinship with God the Father and with Jesus Christ. Serve not as a servant, but as an heir of God through Christ. 


[1] John 1:12

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Galatians 3:1 Foolishness

Galatians 3:1 (KJV)
O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?

That the original audience of this epistle were Christians, there is no doubt, yet the Apostle charges them with foolishness. The term is a harsh one, especially in light of our Lord’s words, 
Matthew 5:22 (KJV
But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. 

The term is not an exaggeration. The most foolish thing any Christian can do is to allow some spiritual teacher to lead them back into a works-based religion. It smacks of Israel in the wilderness longing for the leeks and onions of Egypt. In a moment of difficulty, they could not remember the slavery, the beatings, the murder of their children. All they could remember is that they were fed. Facing a perceived threat, they forgot the dangers of slavery, replacing those memories with a false sense of safety. 

So it is with the Christian who turns to look at the works of the flesh. 

  • He forgets the sense of failure. 
  • He forgets the hopelessness. 
  • He forgets the traps of religion. 

He longs for them instead of the liberty that is in the Spirit of the Lord. 

That is foolish, indeed. 

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Galatians 3:1 Foolishness

Galatians 2:6 What No Preacher Ought To Be

Galatians 2:6 (KJV)
But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man’s person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me:

I can’t imagine that an appropriate application of this passage would be to lack respect. Neither can I accept that we should reject spiritual teachers. 

  • This passage has to do with Paul’s apostleship 
  • The passage is in reference to those who questioned it
  • The passage also points to those[1] who had made themselves to be more than they ought

But it is a good balance for the believer to learn to make so much more of Jesus that, in comparison, we make nearly nothing of even the most respected of men. 

We certainly have trouble with that. Men who have gained respect precisely because they make much of Jesus, become themselves, often through no fault of their own, a distraction for others away from the Lord. 

Because of the context I think preachers ought to pay the most earnest heed to the concept. No preacher ought to be noted for following a man. He ought to be so “Christocentric” that it’s all anyone can see in him. 


[1] In Paul’s case, they were Judaizers.

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Galatians 2:6 What No Preacher Ought To Be

Galatians 6:15-16 A New Creature

Galatians 6:15-16 (KJV)
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

The rule of which the Word speaks is that of verse fifteen, that the matter that matters is the new creature, we are no more Jews or Gentiles. We are new creatures, made up of both Jews and Gentiles and we are intended to be members together in a local congregation, a church. 

To as many as walk according to this rule:
Peace be on them
Peace with God and with one another. In the world, we will experience tribulation. Despite that, we do have peace with God, and we may have peace with our fellow believers. 

And mercy
We have mercy with God. We need mercy one with another. It is the prerequisite of peace among ourselves. 

And upon the Israel of God
Either this speaks of those who are new creatures, Jews and Gentiles who are Abraham’s seed by faith and have the circumcision of the heart, or else this speaks of the future Israel who, having endured the Tribulation, turn to Jesus Christ. 

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Galatians 5:24 Not Circumcision but Crucifixion

Galatians 5:24 (KJV)
And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

It seems to me that the summary of this chapter is something like “Not Circumcision but Crucifixion.”

In an earlier verse we are instructed that circumcision avails nothing.[1]
In verse two, “if ye be circumcised Christ shall profit you nothing.” 

Circumcision is almost always performed upon an infant. 
The deciding parties are the parents, not the patient. It is therefore not possible that this verse implies that anyone circumcised cannot be saved. 

  • It is an issue of faith versus works
  • It is an issue of trust

Those who trust in their heritage or in their religious law find Christ to be of little value to them. These proponents of legalism ought to be cut off, identified as what they are, false professors, and removed from the fellowship.[2]

We do not need to concern ourselves whether we have been circumcised or uncircumcised in the flesh. What matters is whether we have crucified the flesh in Christ. 


[1] Galatians 5:6 (KJV)
For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

[2] Galatians 5:12 (KJV)
I would they were even cut off which trouble you.

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