already Abraham’s sons

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Galatians 3:7-9 (JDV)

Galatians 3:7 You have discovered, then, that those who have faith, these are Abraham’s sons.

Galatians 3:8 Now the Scripture saw in advance that God would justify the Gentiles by faith and proclaimed the gospel ahead of time to Abraham, saying, All the nations will be blessed through you.

Galatians 3:9 Consequently those who have faith are endorsed with Abraham, who had faith.

already Abraham’s sons

Long before Moses initiated his Mosaic Law, the gospel was proclaimed. It is this gospel which is the key to being blessed by God with his unmerited favor. This gospel says that God has chosen to save those who will put their faith in him, like Abraham did. The many sons God promised Abraham will include these believers, no matter what their physical lineage is.

The Gentile Galatians knew about this from the gospel preaching of Paul’s missionary team. But the heretical group came along and convinced them that God would only bless those who followed a strict obedience to the Mosaic Law – as they interpret it. These Gentile Christians who were already endorsed because of their faith were now in danger of apostasy. They were already Abraham’s sons.

Lord, keep us from the false gospel that we have to replace our faith in order to please you.

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About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is a former Christian missionary who now lives in Williamsburg, Virginia. If your church or small group would like to hear Jeff speak, you can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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