Galatians 9: Blessing and Cursing

NOTE: Due to time constraints – this study is just the bare bones – with just some ideas for questions and a stray thought here or there. Also I suspect this study has more to do with the 2nd part of chapter 3 than the part I was supposed to be dealing with…

One of the big issues in Galatians is the role of the law, the Judaizers were trying to convince the Gentiles that in order for them to complete their salvation it was necessary to not only believe in Jesus but also to obey the Law, be circumcised in order to truly be a part of the people of God, true sons of Abraham.

Read Galatians 3:6-14

(Show biblical timeline)

In the story of the Bible – where does the law first appear?  Who gives Israel the Law?

What does Paul do in v6-9 to undermine their argument?

What does it mean to be “credited as righteous” in v6?

How is Abraham credited as righteous?

How does Paul re-interpret the OT in the light of Jesus?  What effect does this have on the conflict here in Galatians?

That then begs the question (and there will be a lot more about this question in the rest of Galatians) What about the Law?

Why can the Law not bring about the blessing that God promises through Abraham? (Read Deuteronomy 27:26)

What does Habakkuk 2:4 reveal about who is righteous? v11 (See also Romans 1:16-17; Hebrews 10:38).  What does this mean in the context of (a) Habakkuk and (b) Galatia?

What is the Law based on? (Leviticus 18:5)

How is it possible for us to be redeemed from the curse of the Law/ inherit the blessing of Abraham?

What does it mean that “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree” v13 – also Deuteronomy 21:23. How did Jesus become a curse for us?

What are the blessings that come to the nations through Abraham? v6, v14

Apply:

What can we DO to better follow Christ in the light of this Bible study?

This is an attempt at a trick question to get us to reveal the idols of our hearts.  We often take good things and make them the benchmark for our acceptance with God.  Key idea that I am trying to get out is that it is not our performance but grace which brings us into the kingdom and on which our continuance in the kingdom is based.

How can we tell the difference between being driven by religion and being driven by faith?

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~ by John on May 13, 2009.

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