The gospel: Grace TRIUMPHS over Law

What’s it all about? Paul continues his defense of justification by faith by demonstrating that the promise to Abraham preceded the Law and, therefore, is superior. Consequently, the inheritance of the promises are not received by works but through the promised seed: Jesus Christ. To give a human example, brothers: even with a man-made covenant,... Continue Reading →

The gospel: REDEEMED from the curse

What’s it all about? The curse of the Fall (Genesis 3) is revealed and illustrated in our inability to perfectly adhere to the Law. Therefore, any attempt to remove the curse through adherence to the Law is futile. The curse was removed only by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Thus, faith in the... Continue Reading →

What is the purpose of the Law?

What’s it all about? Paul asks and answers the question, “What is the purpose of the Law?” First, the Law was given to reveal the sinful nature of man. Second, the Law served as a temporary custodian until the arrival of the Messiah. Now that Jesus Christ had established the New Covenant through his death... Continue Reading →

The gospel: Who are the sons of Abraham?

What’s it all about? God made a covenant with Abraham wherein He promised to bless his offspring (cf. Genesis 12-18). Both Paul and his opponents were claiming to be the rightful heirs of this covenant. The legalists (agitators) claimed that only those who had the mark of the covenant (circumcision) were the children of Abraham.... Continue Reading →

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