I’ve got it figured out that with six chapters in Galatians, if I ask about 16-17 questions per chapter, that would total to 100 questions. (My mother always said I was good at math. She also said I was special).
Let’s dive into chapter 3 with our “queries” (Mom would have been proud of my using that word):
Sixteen questions on Galatians chapter three:
1. Would you ever call someone else a “fool” (v. 1)? Aren’t there verses that say we never should call someone else a fool? Then how does Paul get away with doing so here?
2. Paul has already described the Galatians as confused spiritual deserters (1:6). Now he says they have been foolishly “bewitched” (v. 1)! What’s the place of strong language in correcting others?
3. Some Christians say that the receiving of the Spirit is subsequent to conversion. How would you prove otherwise from verse 2?
4. What does it mean to begin “by means of the Spirit” (v. 3)?
5. Note that “the works of the law” and “believing” are contrasted here in verse 5. What point is Paul making?
6. In what way did Abraham believe God? Where is his story and how is he an example of belief (v. 6)?
7. What is meant by “faith” in verses 7-9, do you think?
8. This idea of a curse — what is the curse of the law (v. 13)?
9. How does His redeeming work redeem us from the curse of the law (vv. 13-14)?
10. Paul gives the example of a human covenant and emphasizes God’s “promise.” Put into your own words Paul’s argument in verses 15-18.
11. Why was the law given (v. 19)?
12. How has the law been misunderstood? Is it opposed to the promises of God (v. 21)?
13. What is meant by the expression “Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin” (v. 22)? (He repeats the verb “locked up” in verse 23).
14. It sounds like Paul shifts from the metaphor of the law as a jailer to that of a guardian in verses 23-25. What is his point?
15. How many times is “faith” used in this chapter?
16. What in the world is Paul’s meaning of his well-known statement that in Christ “there is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female” (vv. 26-27)?