By baptism, we are included in the promises made to Abraham.
1. How did the Scriptures foresee that God would justify the Gentiles?
v 8 and 9 The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the Good News beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you all the nations will be blessed.” So then, those who are of faith are blessed with the faithful Abraham.
2. How has Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law?
v 13 and 14 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us. For it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree,” that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
3. What is the significance of baptism into Christ?
v 27 to 29 For as many of you as were baptised into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring and heirs according to promise.
- v 1 to 9 Paul is surprised that the Galatians want to go back to keeping the law. He reminds them that all people, not just Jews, can be counted righteous (right with God). This is because of their faith in God's promise to Abraham that all nations will be blessed in him
- v 10 to 12 The law ultimately brought a curse, not a blessing, as none could keep it
- v 13 and 14 But for those whose faith is in Christ there is a blessing, not a curse
- 15 to 18 God’s promises to Abraham were first of all for himself and then for one special descendant, Jesus Christ. The promises were not negated when God gave Israel His law
- v 19 to 24 The law of Moses helped people to see their own sinfulness, and therefore understand their need for Jesus Christ
- v 25 to 29 By being baptised we “put on” Christ, so that all people, of whatever race, rank or gender can become children of God by faith, and inherit God’s promises