Galatians 3:23 – 4:7

Jono's Bible Study Notes

The Maturation of The People of God. Paul continues to show the inferiority of the Mosaic Law by comparing it to the guardians over a child in a well-to-do family in that time. The son may own everything by right of inheritance, but until he comes of age, he’s no different than a slave. Once the child grows up, he’s freed from his guardians and is no longer under their control. In the same way, we are no longer under the old Law now that the object of our faith has come.

23 Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed.

  • Before faith came. By “faith” Paul means the same as Abraham’s faith in the promise of God, now realized in the New Covenant era given to us by Christ.
  • The law was added in order to make…

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10 Simple Steps to Plain Vanilla Bible Study

Getting back to the basics!

Michelle Lesley

plain vanilla

Baskin Robbins is one of my favorite places to get ice cream. Not only is their ice cream good, but they boast a plethora of flavors to choose from. I love to start at one end of the counter and work my way through all their offerings, getting a little “taste spoon” here and there if a particular flavor piques my interest.

Flavor_Enlarged_Peanutbutter'nChocolate2 Photo courtesy of BaskinRobbins.com.

Having a myriad of options is great when it comes to ice cream, but when it comes to studying the Bible, the tsunami of materials, methods, and other choices out there can be overwhelming. Where do I start? How do I know if a certain Bible study book or teacher is doctrinally sound? Is the study method I’m using in line with good hermeneutics?

It can be enough to make you throw your hands up in the air and head for your local Thirty…

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Galatians 3:15-22

Jono's Bible Study Notes

The Promise Supersedes the Law. It may be claimed by some that the giving of the Law at Sinai after Abraham, brought about a change and a better method of salvation. Paul dismisses that argument by showing the superiority of the Abrahamic Covenant and the inferiority of the Mosaic Law.

Textual Note:
There’s really no clean way to break up Paul’s train of thought into 10- to 15-verse chunks, so I strongly encourage you to read the surrounding context throughout this study. In fact, it would be a good idea to read through the book of Galatians each week and to do it in one sitting if possible. Then, as we come to each passage, read that passage with its surrounding context. This will allow you to better keep Paul’s train of thought in mind.

15 To give a human example, brothers: even with a man-made covenant, no one annuls…

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Galatians 3:1-14

Jono's Bible Study Notes

Paul appeals to the conversion experience of the Galatians and to Scripture to convince then to dismiss the lies of the false teachers.

The OT example of Abraham teaches that it is through genuine faith, not the law, that one is counted righteous. Any attempt to be justified by the law leads to a curse, for righteousness comes only by faith in the atoning work of Jesus Christ. All those indwelt by the Holy Spirit enjoy the blessing of Abraham.

1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified.

  • Foolish. Not literally unable to learn, but Paul is voicing how foolish it is to reject the truth and the grace of God in order to put themselves under a system of justification by the law, a system that has proven to fail. Paul is frustrated with the…

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