Wednesday, June 5, 2013

I Am Free (A Study in Galatians) Lesson 3

I AM FREE! A Study in Galatians
Lesson 3
Galatians Chapter 3- Freedom from the law.

Paul was astonished that the Christians in Galatia were attracted to a "gospel" that heaped extra requirements on them. Judaizers were saying that everyone needed to keep the laws of Moses. In chapter 3, Paul explains that Christ died to release us from these obsolete rules.

Read Verses 1-5 
O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by[a] the flesh? Did you suffer[b] so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith—
What is Paul asking the Galatians?
Paul points out that the experience of the Galatians should have made it obvious — they received the Spirit by __________, not through the _____.

Read Verses 6-9  
The Jews regarded Abraham as their father and source of spiritual blessings, believing that simple physical descent from Abraham made them righteous. Paul shows them that Abraham pleased God by his faith and not by the law (it didn’t exist in Abraham’s time).

Read Verses 10-14 
What does Paul say in verse 10 about the law?
Verse 13 tells us we were redeemed from the curse by __________.
The law makes demands that no one can keep. On the cross, Christ did for us what we could not do for ourselves. His work, not ours, removed the curse of disobedience to the law.

Read Verses 15-18 
Paul is explaining that the basis of the covenant with Abraham was faith. The law, which came 430 years after Abraham, cannot possibly set aside this earlier agreement.

Read Verses 19-25 
Paul explains the purpose of the Law in 4 parts.
 1. The law was intended to reveal ______.
2. The law is inferior to the ____________.
3. The law is not _____________ to the promise but rather _____________.
4. The law directed us to ___________.

Read Verses 26-29
 What do these verses say to you? How might they affect your everyday life?

Live it out: Are you living “released” from the law? Why or why not? Write down anything that God reveals to you.

Further Study:  Read Galatians 4

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