Category: Galatians

All God’s Children

Gal. 3:26–29, “For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.” Sometime in the late 1990s Philadelphia motorists were startled to read a prominent billboard that asked: “Who’s the Father?” The ad was sponsored by Precise Paternity—a company that uses DNA testing...

Read More

The Law Leading to Christ

Gal. 3:24–25, “So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.” For two glorious summers, the Chicago Cubs taught baseball fans the fundamentals of Reformation theology. First the Cubbies made a trade for Vance Law and started him at third base. Then a few months later, they brought first baseman Mark Grace up from the minor leagues. There they were, right next to each other in the batting order: Law and Grace. They were in the...

Read More

The Promise Before the Law

Gal. 3:17–18, “This is what I mean: the law, which came 430 years afterward, does not annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to make the promise void. For if the inheritance comes by the law, it no longer comes by promise; but God gave it to Abraham by a promise.” A woman died and left all her property to a Christian university. Or so it seemed. According to the precise terms of her will, all her “worldly goods” were “bequeathed” to a particular educational institution. The woman’s children, who lived on the other side of the...

Read More

The Old Cursed Cross

Gal. 3:13, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree.” Imagine the scene: An entire nation gathers on the sides of two mountains to worship. Half the people stand on one mountainside, half on the other. They worship responsively, alternating their praise. First one group cries out to God, and then the other, with every man, woman, and child shouting in unison. This was the scene when the people of God crossed the Jordan River and entered the Promised Land....

Read More

Father Abraham Has Many Sons

Gal. 3:7–8, “Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” Some of the simplest Bible songs for children contain some of the soundest theology. Consider the chorus taken from Galatians 3: Father Abraham had many sons, And many sons had Father Abraham; And I am one of them, and so are you, So let’s all praise the Lord! The So let’s all praise the Lord—turning into...

Read More