TEXT: Galatians 3:8-9 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
The justified shall be glorified in the kingdom
Romans 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Judaizer’s made circumcision an issue in the gospel
Galatians 6:12-13 As many as desire to make a fair show in THE FLESH, they constrain you TO BE CIRCUMCISED; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. 13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory [boast] in your flesh
Acts 15:1 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.
Paul Gives them their own Example
Galatians 3:5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
How was Abraham Justified?
Galatians 3:6-7 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. 7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
Preached before the gospel unto Abraham
Galatians 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify [Present indicative] the heathen (Gentiles) through faith, preached before [before his circumcision] the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations (Jew and Gentile) be blessed.
Paul Quotes from Genesis 12:1-3
Genesis 12:1-3 Now the LORD had said to Abram: "Get out of your country, From your family And from your father's house, To a land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."
Galatians 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. 29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Blessed with Faithful Abraham
Galatians 3:6-9 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. 7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
Abraham – the father of the faithful
Romans4:9-12 Cometh this blessedness (being Justified) then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. 10 HOW WAS IT THEN RECKONED? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision (without the deeds of the law). 11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised (without the deeds of the law): that he might be the father of all them (circumcised & uncircumcised) that believe [present tense – that live by faith], though they be not circumcised (without the deeds of the law); that righteousness might be imputed unto them (Gentiles) also:
Abraham’s walk is a pattern for all
Romans 4:12 And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk (Present tense) in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised. 13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
Quality of Abraham’s faith
Romans 4:17-22 As it is written, I have made thee [Abraham] a father of many nations, before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. 18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. 19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 22 And therefore [through this kind of faith] it was imputed [or counted] to him for righteousness.
We also can be justified by faith
Romans 4:23- 5:1-2 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; 24 But for us also (Jews as well as Gentiles), to whom it shall be imputed, IF WE BELIEVE [present tense – live by faith] on Him [God the Father] that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; 25 Who was delivered for our offences [on the cross], and was raised again for our justification [at the right hand of God as High Priest]. 5:1-2 Therefore BEING JUSTIFIED BY FAITH, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom (our High Priest) also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand (approved or Justified), and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
The blessing of Abraham
Romans 4:4-5 Now to that worketh the reward is not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth [present tense] on Him that justifieth [present tense] the ungodly, his faith is counted [present tense] for righteousness.
Romans 3:28-30 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. 29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: 30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.
Continue in the Faith
Colossians 1:22-23 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:[to Justify] 23 If ye continue in the faith grounded [fixed foundation] and settled [stedfast], and be not moved away [by the false teachers] from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
The power of God unto salvation
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth [Present tense]; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.