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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Galatians Chapter Three: Message Outlines

Galatians 3:15-18 (6)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 3 Paragraph # 3 Study # 6
April 15, 2012
Dayton, Texas
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Thesis:The most definitive issue between "Law" and "Promise", in respect to "the inheritance", is the specific identity of God as the "Actor" Whose behavior determines the details of the inheritance.

Introduction:In our studies of this paragraph (which culminate with this one), we have seen that a very major part of Paul's argument is that divine covenants cannot be altered and that they rule history in regard to their particulars. Under that major thesis, Paul argued that God made a covenant with Abraham and Christ, according to the particulars of "Promise", that completely eliminates "Law" as having anything whatsoever to do with the mechanism(s) that produce what he calls "the inheritance".

That this is not a well-understood concept is revealed by the vast number of "evangelicals" who regularly insist that one's "inheritance" in the Kingdom of God depends upon their obedience to His Word. Because this is such a confusion in "the faith", this evening we are going to attempt to clarify the most definitive issue that stands as the clarifying factor between "Law" and "Promise".


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