Galatians. Abraham. Cursed.

by Doug McMahon on July 27th, 2012

The Apostle Paul tells the Galatians that Abraham was an example of righteousness.   This Sunday, we will be focusing on Abraham's righteousness--and God's blessing--as well as how Abraham was a blessing to others.  Paul wrote to the Galatians,

"6 Understand that in the same way that Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness, a7 those who believe are the children of Abraham. 8 But when it saw ahead of time that God would make the Gentiles righteous on the basis of faith, scripture preached the gospel in advance to Abraham: All the Gentiles will be blessed in you .b9 Therefore, those who believe are blessed together with Abraham who believed." (Galatians 3:6-9 CEB)

But in this same chapter there are many difficult verses about curses too.  Paul writes,

"10 All those who rely on the works of the Law are under a curse, because it is written, Everyone is cursed who does not keep on doing all the things that have been written in the Law scroll."   (Galatians 3:10 CEB)

What's that all about!?  We will take time to talk about these verses and what they mean to us.  It may surprise you!  We need to be careful how we interpet these verses.  The focus is on Abraham's righteousness and God's blessing as well as how Abraham was a blessing to others.  When we put these verses and the entire third chapter of Galatians in the context of Paul's ministry to the Gentiles, we discover that the Letter to the Galatians includes good news for everyone.


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