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Major Themes in the Book of Galatians (Ch. 3 Part 5)

One last theme in Galatians 3, it seems to me, is the progress of redemption which culminates in Christ (vv. 23-29). The law provided a variety of services, not the least of which was to show us our need of a Savior. We are described as “held in custody under the law” (v. 23). The law was our “guardian” until Christ came (v. 24).

What does such language mean? Before Christ came, before “this faith” came, we were “locked up” in the law. The law prepared us for justification by faith in Christ.

As a result, we have now become children of God. Not because of the law, but the law had a function to prepare us for justification by faith. When Paul says, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (v. 28), this verse is in the context of salvation. This verse does not do away with gender-related guidelines regarding leadership in the church and in the home. This verse is saying that the ground beneath the cross is absolutely level.

Question: In light of all this, how do we believers show our oneness in Christ (v. 28)?




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Posted by on June 4, 2018 in Galatians


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