Lesson 3: Galatians 3:1-6
This is the third Bible study for 7th-10th graders that attended Marannook in the summer of 2017.
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In the last lesson, we talked about how we try hard to 'be good,' but it's just impossible on our own. This lesson we'll look at why we don't have to impress GOD by being good.
How do you think that GOD sees you right now?
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If you're a Christian, how did you become a Christian?
Let's look at Galatians 3:1-6 - "3 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. 2 Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? 4 Did you suffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? 5 Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith— 6 just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”?"
Paul asks several questions. The answer to the questions is assumed because they should know the answer and it should be obvious. The two basic answers he gives are: works or faith, so which answer should the Galatians give?
Paul says that they received the Spirit by faith. They saw miracles by faith. His point is that all of these things happened because of their faith not their works. Keep in mind that the Galatians were dealing with confusion about how they are saved. They have slipped from living by faith to trying to earn GOD's favor through good works. Do you ever try to earn GOD's favor by doing good works?
Paul makes this really great point. If all of these things happened because of faith, why do they think works is what GOD is looking for? He is reminding them that they are to have faith in GOD. Of course, faith produces works. Remember the last lesson how JESUS is living HIS life in us to do the right thing. It's just that we are not saved because we are doing good works. Let's look at Paul's biggest point next.
Who does Paul use as an example of someone that had faith?
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Keep in mind that Abraham was considered the 'father of the Jewish people.' In other words, he was one of the most important people in the Bible. Paul says that Abraham was saved because he did what?
Here we come to the biggest truth in this passage. Galatians 3:6 is a quote of Genesis 15:6, which is considered one of the most important verses in the Bible. Notice what it says, "Abraham believed GOD, and it was counted to him as righteous." What is the 'it' in the verse?
The next part can be a little hard to understand, but the word 'counted' basically means that something was given to you. It's like having someone put money into your bank account. What was given to Abraham in this verse?
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The Bible says that Abraham was given RIGHTEOUSNESS. Do you see that? Abraham was given righteousness by GOD because Abraham trusted GOD. Guess who's righteousness GOD gave Abraham?
You might remember a little bit of this from the last lesson. GOD has given us the righteousness of JESUS HIMSELF, and we receive that righteousness by faith. Here's the kicker! When GOD looks at us, what does HE see?
YES!! If we are trusting JESUS's death on the cross for our sin, then GOD looks at us and sees the righteousness of JESUS. The Bible even describes it as a robe. Look at Isaiah 61:10 - "I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels." That righteousness if from JESUS, and we stand before GOD forgiven and perfect. Isn't that almost 'crazy'? Do you feel like that? Probably not sometimes, but it's true! GOD sees us the way HE sees HIS SON, which is why we can say that GOD loves us. HE loves HIS SON, so HE loves us. Isn't that just amazing?
If we are trusting in CHRIST, we have been given HIS righteousness, and that's why we go to heaven. That's why we are children of GOD. That's why GOD loves us. That's why we are saved. We don't have to do anything to impress GOD. It's already done. Of course, when we realize this, we want to glorify this awesome GOD, which is why we 'do good works.' It's not to earn HIS favor. It's because we already have it. :)
Here's a little video to illustrate. Get your parents permission before watching.
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