- Galatians 3:6-10
- Gal 3:6 (KJB)
- Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for
- It was accounted - Reckoned, considered, or credited
- (John 8:33 KJV) They answered him, We be
Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye
shall be made free?
- (John 8:39 KJV) They answered and said unto
him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's
children, ye would do the works of Abraham.
- Now Paul introduces a subject which would have been
near and dear to the Jews of that day. Jesus had faced the rulers of Israel
when He was here on Earth and one of their arguments against Him was that
they were Abraham’s seed and that Abraham was their father. Paul states here
that Abraham had believed God and that belief was accounted to him for
righteousness. Paul was trying to convey that Abraham did not gain right
standing before God by keeping any laws because the law was still about 600
years from being written down in the time of Moses. Therefore, it was
important for them to know that Grace was in force even before the time of
the effusion of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. It is also important to know
that Abraham believed God because he was qualified to believe, in other
words, before Abraham could believe God he had to become saved so the Holy
Spirit could indwell him making him alive unto God. This is why Paul brought
up Abraham because the Jews were under the impression that if they were the
descendants of Abraham or the seed of Abraham, that would mean they would
still be considered the chosen people of God.
- Gal 3:7 (KJB)
- Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the
children of Abraham.
- Paul uses an emphatic “Know” to convey to the Galatians that those who
are saved by grace alone, as Abraham was, are the true descendants of
Abraham, regardless of race. Being a physical descendant was not a
prerequisite for salvation. No longer was God dealing with only one nation,
the true gospel was now going out to the world and those who would become
saved by free grace would be those who would be considered children of
Abraham. Everyone who reads this that is truly saved is a descendant of
Abraham. God has in view a spiritual lineage and not a physical lineage.
- Gal 3:8 (KJB)
- And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the
heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham,
saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
- Foreseeing - See beforehand or look forward
- Justify - Declares not guilty or pronounce righteous
- Heathen - Gentiles
- (Gen 12:3 KJV) And I will bless them that
bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families
of the earth be blessed. In Genesis, God had
already determined that the Gospel would go the entire world. In Abraham’s
time the gospel was preached to Abraham and since he was elect, he became
saved. Now the gospel has always been the same throughout time, right from
the beginning, the only thing that has changed since the beginning is the
clarity of the presentation since Christ has come and gone back to Heaven.
In the Old Testament, one must look at certain passages with gospel eyes to
see it within the text. For example:
- (Gen 49:10 KJV) The sceptre shall not
depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come;
and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
- (Num 24:17 KJV) I shall see him, but not
now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob,
and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab,
and destroy all the children of Sheth.
- (Micah 5:2 KJV) But thou, Bethlehem
Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet
out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in
Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
- Paul quotes that in Abraham all the nations of the earth shall be
blessed. This is because God has His elect in every nation on earth.
(Mark 16:15 KJV) And he said unto them, Go ye
into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
The command to send forth the gospel is a worldwide
command. It is not limited in scope to a certain area of the world but it is
to go to the entire world. Every nation in the world shall be blessed
because many will be saved out of all the different nations of the world.
They will not be saved by keeping the law but will be saved by the hearing
of the gospel and God applying that gospel to the hearts of His elect and
thereby saving them. So the descendants of Abraham will be found in every
country on earth and that is why Israel cannot claim to be the sole
descendants of Abraham. Within both ancient and modern Israel, there will be
those who will be the true spiritual descendants of Abraham while not being
the physical descendants. (Rom 9:6 KJV)
Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are
not all Israel, which are of Israel: There is no
physical Jew on earth today who can give proof positive they are a direct
descendant of Abraham.
- Gal 3:9 (KJB)
- So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
- So those who have become truly saved, are blessed with faithful Abraham.
Those who are still under the law cannot make such a claim simply because
Abraham did not have the law, so those who want to keep the law cannot claim
they are a descendant of faithful Abraham, only those who have become truly
saved. Again God does not care what race a person is, if they are saved,
they are blessed with faithful Abraham. I am a third generation Hungarian
but because of my salvation, I am a descendant of faithful Abraham.
- Gal 3:10 (KJB)
- For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it
is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things
which are written in the book of the law to do them.
- (Deu 27:26 KJV) Cursed be he that
confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them. And all the
people shall say, Amen. The word “confirmeth”
means “to rise or to stand in keeping the words.” In other words a person
must make a conscious effort to keep every tenet of the law if they are to
become saved by keeping it.
- A curse is something that is damming or a denunciation and those who
sought to continue in the works of the law were required to keep the law
perfectly. If they did not, then the curse of the law took effect and that
effect was eternal damnation. This is why Paul spoke of Abraham being
faithful for even he would have been unable to keep the law perfectly.
Abraham, like every other true believer, was justified by grace alone
without the keeping of the law, which would have only adulterated grace and
disallowed anyone from becoming saved. There is no such thing as combining
partial grace and partial law for salvation, it is only by full, free grace
alone that someone is saved.