391 - Les Feldick Bible Study - Lesson 2 - Part 3 - Book 33 - Galatians 3:6-14

391: Galatians 3:6-14 – Lesson 2 Part 3 Book 33

Through the Bible with Les Feldick

LESSON 2 * PART 3 * BOOK 33

GALATIANS 3:6-14

We’ll start this lesson in Galatians chapter 3 verse 11. We’re stressing that we’re not under Law, we’re under Grace. And remember that the whole reason for this letter is that those Churches up in Galatia were being submarined where false teaching was coming in and was literally torpedoing then with, “But you can’t be saved with faith + nothing, you also have to keep the Law of Moses.” Now let’s go back to Acts chapter 15. We covered this in book 32, but look at verse 1. This was written by Luke, and is indeed the problem.

Acts 15:1

“And certain men which came down from Judaea (to Antioch) taught the brethren, (they somehow wiggled their way in to get in position to teach. Remember they were believing Jews.) and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses ye cannot be saved.

Now, in verse 5 it’s repeated again and we find some Pharisees who had become believers. Now when I say they had become believers I’m not talking about with Paul’s Gospel of I Corinthians 15:1-4. They had become believers of the Gospel of the Kingdom, or the Gospel of the Circumcision that Peter preached. (Gal. 2:7-9) And that Gospel for salvation was believing who Christ said He was plus repentance and water baptism. Now verse 5.

Acts 15:5

“But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying. That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.”

This is what Paul was constantly up against. Everywhere he had begun a little congregation of primarily Gentile believers these Judaisers would come in and torpedo Paul’s message with this kind of teaching. They would say, “You can’t be saved by faith alone.” I’m sure there are people out there who say, “Don’t listen to Les Feldick, because you can’t be saved by faith alone.” Well, it isn’t Les Feldick that is saying that, but rather it’s this Book that says it. Now come back to Galatians 3:11. Here we find Paul confronting this false teaching that was leading these people astray, do you remember what he said in chapter 1? You are falling for a perverted Gospel.

Galatians 1:8

“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” So if you add or take away from Paul’s Gospel you are in trouble. Well here in verse 11 Paul is still dealing on that same premise.

Galatians 3:11

“But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, (Maybe you can fool people that you’re a Christian by Law keeping, but you will never fool God) it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.” There is nothing else added to that verse. So it’s faith + nothing. Verse 12.

Galatians 3:12

“And the law (works religion) is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them (these works) shall live in them.”

In other words if you’re going to try to keep the Law or add works for salvation then you need to keep the whole Law. It’s like a dear brother in the Lord that lives near me who was talking to a neighbor, and this neighbor thought he needed to keep the Law for salvation. He told his neighbor, “Now wait a minute if you’re going to keep the Law then you need a temple. You had better find a priest, and you’d better go buy a flock of sheep, because if you’re going to keep the Law, you’ve got to keep it all if my Bible means what it says.” And I couldn’t have told his neighbor any better, because this is where most people are. If they want to keep the Law for salvation, then they had better keep it to the last iota. Remember there was only one way they could keep the Law and that was to have the Temple, priesthood, and the sacrifice, and even then they couldn’t accomplish it because it’s impossible

So here’s where we’ve got to get people to stop and think, “Am I trying to obtain salvation by some kind of a works religion?” And when you add anything to faith then it becomes a religion. Religion is man attempting to somehow merit favor with God where Christianity is God reaching down in Grace and saving sinful men. Oh what a difference. There’s no comparison between the two. Religion will always demand works, religion will always tell people what they have to do and what they can’t do. But true Gospel Christianity says, “you do nothing because God had done it all.” Now verse 13.

Galatians 3:13

“Christ hath (past tensed) redeemed us (He has bought us, He has paid a price for us, and redeemed us) from the curse of the law, (remember what we read in Deuteronomy? If you do not keep every jot and tittle of the Law to perfection then you’re under the curse. Now that sounds like harsh language, but that’s what the Book said. `cursed is every man that does not do them if you’re going to do the Law.’) being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:” Now look at Deuteronomy 21:18. Now this is back in Israel’s history under the Law.

Deuteronomy 21:18-20

“If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: (in other words he is a total rebel) 19. Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; (in other words to the authorities) 20. And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.”

Does that ring a bell? Oh yeah it does. You have all heard of families that have one. Remember the book “Tough Love”? What was advocated? With this kind of an individual, you have to take steps and exercise some tough love. You can’t just keep feeding him and helping him out of his tight places, but rather you’ve got to deal with him. Well Israel did, only far worse than what that book ever suggested. Look what their remedy was.

Deuteronomy 21:21

“And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear,”

See this is what the sociologists have totally removed from our judicial system. Our kids have no fear of the Law, and that’s our problem. They can do whatever they want to do and they know they’re going to get a slap on the wrist at most and then they’ll be back on the streets. Hey if we would practice some of this it wouldn’t take long for our judicial system to right itself. I remember a friend of mine who was in the service in Japan in the occupational forces after W.W.II. When he came home he said, “Boy there’s nobody in jail in Japan, the courts don’t have much to do because the police deal with the problem on the sidewalks. They practically beat somebody to death if they caught them stealing or snatching a purse. So there wasn’t a problem at that time, but I’m sure it’s changed some by now, but there wasn’t much crime at that time because they dealt with it. Well that’s exactly what Israel was instructed to do. If you have that kind of no good rebellious drunkard son then turn him over to the authorities, and the authorities were to literally stone that young man to death. And remember stoning was not a very pretty picture, it was awful. Now reading on in verse 22.

Deuteronomy 21:22-23

“And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree: (now the hanging on the tree didn’t kill him, the stoning did. So what was the purpose of hanging them on a tree? A public spectacle! To let the public know that this is the way Israel deals with this kind of an individual. Now people will read this and say, “Well that’s barbaric.” Maybe so but they didn’t have the crime problem that we’ve got.) 23. His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God; …” Now does all that ring a bell? Who hung on a tree? Christ did, and as soon as Israel saw the sun begin to set what did they scramble for? Get Him off that tree because we can’t have him on there after sundown. See this is all ringing a bell with their Old Testament.

Deuteronomy 21:23a

“His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (and here is the reason) (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;)…”

We say this is awful, but look what is this all a preview of? Of what Christ accomplished on our behalf. Let’s go to II Corinthians. Here again, when I can stand up here and teach a total salvation based on the finished work of the Cross + nothing, this is why I can do it. And at the same time keep that picture on your mind for what it was for that rebel who was a sinner to be sure and he had been stoned to death, and then hanged on a tree for the public to see. All right it was all a preview of the One that was to come.

II Corinthians 5:21a

“For he (God) hath made him (Christ) to be sin for us,…”

All sins, even the worst, and they were all laid on Him. He took the place of that rebel, sinful, son of Israel. And He took the place so that God could put the curse of the Law on Christ. Now listen that’s strong language I know it is. That’s not the kind of language most people like to hear. But listen this is what the Word declares. Christ became the curse under God. He fulfilled all the curse of the Law so that God in turn could now say, “I have forgiven every human being that’s ever lived. I have reconciled them, I have pardoned them. It’s there for anyone and every one who will simply believe it.” And oh they refuse to believe it. Now let’s look at Romans chapter 3. Where this whole plan of salvation from the pen of the apostle Paul really has it’s beginning. Again it’s that same concept that by the keeping of the Law there is no justification. I always like to use those two verses together as I’ll never forget one time I was using them and a young pastor happened to be in my class at the time. I hadn’t commented on them, only read them and his mouth just dropped opened. You know the first thing that came to mind? He’s never seen this before. He had never seen this before but the Spirit just blew his mind and look what it says.

Romans 3:19-20

“Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: (who was under the Law? Jew. But it didn’t stop at the borders of Israel because the ramifications of the Law went to the whole human race.) that every mouth may be stopped and all the world (may have a way to heaven. That’s not what your Bible says is it? Your Bible says that all the world ) may become guilty before God. (and all the Law could do was pronounce guilt upon every human being.) 20. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified (and oh why can’t works religion people see this? They must evidently just closing their eyes to it and say, `No, my Church, my religion will be good enough.” However my Bible says, “No it won’t!” I don’t care what Church it is. If the Church you belong to holds you to something that you have to do to earn salvation then my Bible says, `Then there is no justification in that, but rather condemnation.’) in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”

The Ten Commandments, as beautiful as they are, perfect as they are, yet by those commandments is nothing more than the understanding on sin. Sin is the breaking of the Ten Commandments. Oh but now look at verse 21 for the flip side.

Romans 3:21

“But now (something totally different has taken over) the righteousness of God without the law (leave out the Law, it has no part in your salvation.) is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;”

What does that mean? It isn’t like the people of Corinth when they accused the apostle Paul that he was coming in like an impostor with some kind of false religion and something that he had concocted on his own. But what did Paul say? “I’m not coming with something that’s a watered downed product. I am coming with the truth of the Gospel.” And the world has hated it from day one. And even today the world’s main goal is to work for their salvation. I want to do something so I can take pride in what I’ve accomplished. God hates pride like nothing else. So here we have without the Law even though it was witnessed by all the Old Testament before it. Remember what I said in the last lesson? Everything builds on that which was before. So we had the Law, and the prophets, and the life of Christ, and it all brings us to His death, burial and resurrection. And then we have the apostle Paul who comes out and declares it to the Gentile world, not just to Israel.

Romans 3:22-24

“Even the righteousness of God which is by faith (or the faithfulness) of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: (and then verse 23 the all inclusive verse of condemnation where I always say you have to start.) 23. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Why? Because we’ve all broken God’s Law, everyone of us.) 24. Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:”

You all know what redemption involves. It means paying a price for something that was once yours and you lost it. And that’s exactly what happened to the human race. It was God’s in the person of Adam and Eve, but what happened? God lost it when they sinned, and the moment he lost it what did God immediately kick into gear? A plan of redemption through the Seed of the woman. Now it took centuries before it became a reality but nevertheless it all began right after Adam and Even sinned. God put in motion the plan of buying back the whole human race. That of course is what Paul is teaching here in Romans chapter 3. Now verse 25.

Romans 3:25a

“Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood,…” It’s the blood that is the price of redemption. Peter tells us that in his little epistle:

I Peter 1:18-19

“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things as silver and gold received by tradition from your fathers; 19. but with the precious blood of Christ, as a lamb without blemish and without spot:” You are not bought with silver and gold, but with the precious blood of Christ.. It’s the price of redemption all through Scripture. That’s the reason that Hebrews says –

Hebrews 9:22b

“…and without shedding of blood is no remission.” It has to be paid for with atoning blood. Now come on down to Romans 3:26.

Romans 3:26

“To declare, I say, at this time his (Christ) righteousness that he (Christ) might be just, (absolutely fair) and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” See how simple it is? It’s so very simple. All right in the short time we have left let’s return to Galatians, and we were in verse 13.

Galatians 3:13

“Christ hath redeemed us (He has paid the price of redemption with His blood) from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us; (Christ fulfilled that, He became that curse that was hung on a tree.) for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:”

Now I suppose that a lot of people have wondered down through the ages, well why did God choose death by crucifixion. The normal death for people in Israel was stoning. Well you see He had to be lifted up, He had to be placed on a tree to fulfill this whole concept of, “Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:” He couldn’t have died any other death, it would have never fulfilled the total picture and that why I ways tell you that all of Scripture fits. It’s just like a jig saw puzzle, everything fits, and that’s why it’s so dangerous to lift a verse out of context, because we have to use every bit of it.

390 - Les Feldick Bible Study - Lesson 2 - Part 2 - Book 33 - Abraham Believed God For Righteousness

390: Abraham Believed God For Righteousness – Part 2 – Lesson 2 Part 2 Book 33

Through the Bible with Les Feldick

LESSON 2 * PART 2 * BOOK 33

ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS – PART 2

Now in our last lesson we were looking at the fact that Abraham was justified by faith + nothing.! I can’t emphasize that enough, although I should be known for that by now. Our salvation rests on nothing that we can do in the flesh, but it is all resting on the finished work of the Cross through His death, burial, and resurrection, and now we appropriate it by faith. Then after we have received salvation, then yes we move into an area of service and what ever you put on it. But not for salvation. Now in verse 7 Paul continues on with Abraham as his theme.

Galatians 3:7

“Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, (in other words those of us who have entered into a salvation experience by faith only) the same are the children (or the sons) of Abraham.”

Now I’ve got to stop there for a while. How many people have come up to me and said, “Well we’ve always been told that when we became a Christian we became a Jew.” And I always tell them, I don’t know who told you that but they are way out in left field, because a Jew is a Jew by virtue of, first and foremost, his birth, his genetics, his blood line, and the keeping of the Law. But a Gentile is a Gentile of the Gentiles, and if you’ve had salvation then you are simply a Gentile sinner saved by Grace, and not a Jew. Then they point to this verse we have just read. “But the Bible says, we are children of Abraham.” Well you’ve got to realize what the Bible is saying, and not take it out of context. What the Bible is really saying here in verse 7

Galatians 3:7b

“…they which are of faith, (way) the same are the children of Abraham.”

We have entered in the faith way + nothing the same way that Abraham did, and so consequently we are spiritually now connected to this man Abraham. Now to follow that up we’ve again got to go all the way back to Genesis. I’m sorry. I hadn’t planned on doing this but we must. So let’s turn to chapter 13, and there are some interesting words in this passage. Now of course this is the chapter after the Abrahamic Covenant was given so he’s already on covenant ground, he already has all these promises. Now look what God says to Abraham.

Genesis 13:16a

“And I will make thy seed…”

Or your off spring. Also here is another little quirk of Hebrew. You have to discern from the context whether the word seed is singular and speaking of Christ or whether it’s plural and speaking of the whole Nation of Israel. Now that takes some doing I know, and I know when we taught Genesis I gave the example even in our English language. You can have 12 sheep over there, and 1 over here, but what do you call them? Sheep. It’s the same way with the Hebrew word that pertains to the word seed. It can be plural, but the same identical word can be singular, so you must use your where with all to determine from the text is it speaking singular, and the Messiah, or it is speaking plural the children of Israel. Well this one is plural.

Genesis 13:16

“And I will make thy seed (the off spring) as the dust of the earth:…”

Now what’s dust? Is it earthly or heavenly? Well it’s earthly. So his earthly protegee would be as the numbers of the sand of the sea. In other words the Nation of Israel would be in terminology of course that is comparative. Compared to the rest of the nations of the ancient world were by far more in number. Now turn the page to Genesis chapter 15, and verse 5. And now look what God promises.

Genesis 15:5

“And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and (count or) tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.”

Now what was God doing? Playing games? No. God in His infinite Sovereign Grace was promising Abraham 2 different groups of people that would be connected to him. Now naturally the dust of the earth was his earthly offspring who came by the sons of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Now when God brings him out and tells him to look toward the heavens, now God is talking about a heavenly connection. Most of you have been hearing me teach long enough to know that we have two concepts in Scripture, “The earthly people Israel and The heavenly people who are the Church.” All right Abraham is being promised a connection to both of them. He will have an earthly progeny which was the children of Israel, but he’s also going to have a heavenly progeny which are those who have entered in like he did by faith, and faith alone.

So now you have this two fold promise the Nation of Israel which would be earthly, but also a group out there some place who would be connected to him only in the realm of the spiritual. Now I think that I’ve already made my point as you come back to the Book of Galatians. Let me put something on the board, and maybe it will help a little bit. On the time line we have Abraham back here 2000 years before Christ. Also on this time line we have the finished work of the Cross at Calvary, and then here you and I stand in this interval from the time of the early Acts, and I think especially with Paul’s ministry, and the Body of Christ is being called out.

All right I think I’ve already made my point. How do we become members of the Body of Christ that is being called out? By faith + nothing! Abraham became the Friend of God and his righteousness because of his faith + nothing also! And this was done just by believing what God said. Now if you were in an algebra class what would I be able to say? There’s an equality. Right? This is equal to this. Why? Because Abraham received eternal life the same way the Church age believer does, we all came in the same way. Now to make my point, how did people back here from Adam, Abel, Seth, Noah, and all the way up to Abraham, how did they come into a right relationship with God, faith + nothing? No way, but rather it was faith + sacrifice. They couldn’t approach God without the sacrifice. Coming up to the Cross even in Christ’s earthly ministry, did Jesus ever teach the concept of a salvation by faith and faith alone. No. What were they to do? They were still to be adherence to the Law of Moses, they also had the added responsibility of repentance and water baptism, + their faith. But faith alone wouldn’t cut it. Even in the early chapters of Acts, it wasn’t just faith and faith alone. They had to repent and be baptized, and that was a requirement. It wasn’t just empty words, but a requirement.

But then along comes the apostle Paul with faith + nothing, and this is why he had so much opposition. And that’s why I imagine out there at least silently I’ve also got that opposition. I don’t hear it personally, but I know it’s out there. “Les you make it too simple! You’ve got to repent and be baptized.” And I’ve even had people call and say, “Well we’ve always been told that you have to repent, be baptized, and speak in tongues before we’re saved.” Well that’s not faith + nothing, that’s faith + something. OK now what’s my point?

That just as surely as Abraham was saved by faith + nothing when he believed God when He told him to go to a land that He would show him. We, in the Body of Christ, are saved by faith + nothing when we believe God when he tells us to believe the Gospel for salvation in I Corinthians 15:1-4. So by the basis of faith + nothing Abraham had imputed righteousness, you and I as members of the Body of Christ have also imputed righteousness, and that makes us just like Abraham. Does that make sense? No one else in all of God’s economy had that privilege. Let me show you in the Book of Hebrews. Maybe that will make my point. Chapter 11 – the great faith chapter. It goes clear back to Genesis chapter 4.

Hebrews 11:4

“By faith Abel (believed God? No. He offered. He did something) offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.” By faith, primarily, but it was faith plus. Now you come all the way down to verse 7.

Hebrews 11:7

“By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear (and what did he do?) prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.”

He did something. Now, let me ask you. If Noah would have stood out there in the Middle East and said, “Alright God, I believe you that a flood is coming,” and never built an ark, what would have happened? He would have gotten washed away along with the rest of them. But along with his faith that a flood was coming, what did he do? He built an ark. And all the rest of the way up through Scripture, all those great men of God, Jacob, Isaac, David and all the rest. They were men of faith, but faith alone? No! Faith plus Temple worship, plus Law keeping, plus this, plus that. Am I making my point? But Abraham never made a sacrifice until years later. He did not do anything he just simply believed God. God saw that man’s faith and He imputed righteousness to him. And so it is with us. Without out doing a thing, we just simply say, “Yes Lord, I believe it, that you died for me, that you were raised in resurrection power, with all my heart.” And that’s all God is looking for. Now let’s go back to Galatians chapter 3. I could stay in Hebrews 11 another few minutes and prove the same thing. That all those other heroes of faith were also attached with some type of a human work.

Galatians 3:8

“And the scripture, (the Old Testament) foreseeing (God’s foreknowledge sees the end from the beginning) that God would justify the heathen (Gentiles) through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.”

Now I know there are some great theologians who stand on the premise that Abraham knew the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. And I stand on my hackles and say, “No way! No way could Abraham, and there’s nothing in scripture to indicate that he did. There is nothing to indicate Abraham foresaw the death on a Cross and the burial and resurrection of the Messiah.” Now, he had an inkling. All the Old Testament prophets had an inkling that God was going to do something. And they also understood from Isaiah onward that God was going to have salvation for the Gentiles. But they didn’t know how. In fact, we may have looked at this previously on a program – I don’t think I have, but I may have. Come back with me to I Peter chapter 1. It kind of rings a bell that we may have kind of looked at it a few programs back, but it won’t hurt to look at it again.

I Peter 1:10

“Of which salvation the prophets (the Old Testament writers) have inquired and searched diligently, (if they knew it all, then why look and ask. But they didn’t.) who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you; 11. Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. 12. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.”

In other words, did those Old Testament prophets understand this gospel of Grace? Well, of course not! God never intended for them to understand it. He had been keeping it secret. In fact, come back with me to Romans chapter 16. This was our theme verse all the while we were sailing the Mediterranean last week and as we had our classes before and after noon. We reveled in that, but the weather wasn’t all that commodious so it wasn’t all that glorious. But we reveled in the word, Romans 16. Now if the Old Testament prophets had understood the gospel of Grace, and if Abraham would have seen that Christ would indeed come and die and be raised from the dead and offer salvation to the whole world, then this verse becomes almost spurious, but it isn’t. It’s the truth.

Romans 16:25

“Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began.”

It was kept secret and there was no way the Old Testament saints could know it. It was in the mind of God. There was no way He was going to let them understand. The Twelve didn’t understand. (Luke 18:34) Now from all the prophetic references in the Old Testament about His death and His resurrection, you would have thought that the Twelve would have understood that He was going to die. But did they? No! They had no idea that He was going to go to that Roman Cross. And when He hung there, did they expect to see Him on Sunday? Of course not! They thought it was over with, and all done. What did Peter say? “I go fishing.” Why? Everything was now hopeless. But you see God kept it secret. He didn’t reveal it to people. I think it’s the same way today. A lot of people are kept blind to the truth of the Gospel until God opens their eyes. But the minute He opens their eyes they become intensely responsible, because that’s His sovereign grace.

Now let’s come back again to Galatians chapter 3. So the gospel which was preached unto Abraham was a not a gospel that Abraham understood. He had a concept that God was going to send a redeemer. Every Jew, even if he has a segment of believing left in him today, is looking for the Redemption – the day of Redemption. What is their day of redemption? When Messiah should come. Now they have a few of those things mixed up, but nevertheless, this whole concept of resurrection and Israel coming in to a place of redemption was certainly on Abraham’s mind. But to be able to associate it with a death, burial and resurrection and the shedding of that atoning blood of Christ. They had no concept of that! Because God didn’t expect them to.

Galatians 3:9

“So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.”

Now, let’s put that in a little plainer English. Maybe some of the new translations have already it. “So they who are of the faith way, (that’s us) those of us who have come into a right relationship, the faith way plus nothing, are blessed with the man of faith, Abraham.” And so Abraham was the friend of God. You and I as believers are the friends of God. We’re no longer enemies. And all because of our faith in what He has said and what He has said concerns that which He had accomplished in the work of the Cross.

Galatians 3:10

“For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse:…”

Do you realize how many millions of people are in that position and they don’t know it? They are supposedly Law keepers. They are supposedly keeping the commandments, and thereby thinking they are pleasing God. They are not pleasing God. They are placing themselves under the curse! Unbelievable, except this is what the Book says. Legalism in what ever form you want to put it, anything that says I want to do it my way. I’m going to do this and that. That person puts themselves under the curse of God. Now the word “Curse” here is more than just puncturing a voodoo doll with a needle. This verse is the real thing. This is the curse of the Almighty. In fact, let’s go back and look at Deuteronomy 27. And this is why our Bible tells us Christ was under the curse of the Law. And in this chapter he’s coming through all the horrible things that man can do that brings down the wrath of God. But we’re not going to look at all of them. And in verse 26 this is what Paul is referring to in Galatians. He’s warning people: “Look when you say that you’re going to keep the Law in order to merit favor with God, there’s no way that any mortal man can do it. So where do they put themselves? Under the curse! I want you to see it with your own eyes.

Deuteronomy 27:26

“Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them. And all the people shall say, Amen.”

Now what does that mean? That if you don’t keep every last jot and tittle of the Law as no man can do, and only God could do, you’re under the curse of God. It’s plain and simple. And this is exactly what Paul is making reference to. It’s a tremendous warning. Don’t try to put yourself under the Law because since you’re human, you cannot keep it anyway. But when you put yourself under a so-called legal system, you are actually putting yourself under the curse of God. Now that’s serious business. That’s serious language. It’s not mine – it’s the Book’s.

Galatians 3:10

“For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.”

Listen, that’s what the Law commands. Do this! Do that! Let’s go back to Exodus 19 for a moment. Israel has just been led out of Egypt and they are gathered around Mt. Sinai and God is preparing to, with Moses and Aaron, bring the Nation of Israel under the system of Law. And now look how Israel responds.

Exodus 19:8

“And all the people answered together, and said, All that the Lord hath spoken will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the Lord.”

I wonder what the Lord said? He must have smiled and said, “That’s what they think.” Because, you see, people cannot keep the Law and yet anytime someone says they’re doing the best they can, and they are keeping the Law, then they are putting themselves under the curse.

389 - Les Feldick Bible Study - Lesson 2 - Part 1 - Book 33 - Abraham Believed God For Righteousness

389: Abraham Believed God For Righteousness – Lesson 2 Part 1 Book 33

Through the Bible with Les Feldick

LESSON 2 * PART 1 * BOOK 33

ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS

We always have to realize that these letters of the apostle Paul stand in the center of our New Testament pretty much by themselves because this is the part of the Word that is directed primarily to the Gentile Church, or as Paul puts it, “The Body of Christ!” Never forget that the Old Testament and the Four Gospels and the early chapters of Acts were all directed to the Nation of Israel. But when Israel continued to reject everything and would not believe that Christ was the promised Messiah then God moved in providentially and took away their Temple, took away the city of Jerusalem, uprooted the nation from the land and put them out into the nations of the world in what we call a dispersion.

God then turned to the pagan Gentile world beginning with the apostle Paul. We have just returned from the Mediterranean and more or less following in the footsteps of the apostle Paul it just behooves all of us that were together of what that man put up with to get the Gospel to us Gentiles, and never lose sight of that. It wasn’t just his suffering as he lists his sufferings back in II Corinthians but, it was just the nature of the area. You have all known about his ship wreck on the island of Malta, and how he said in the Book of Acts that he was actually three times in the deep. We, on this trip, could readily see, because we had happened to have had a week of rough weather, and even though we were on a pretty good sized ship it was pretty topsy turvy wasn’t it Lynn and Viola? It was quite a week but nevertheless we had opportunity to hold our classes morning and afternoon in spite of the adverse weather. But anyway it just gave us a glimpse of what the apostle had to go through in order to bring the Gospel to the Gentile world.

Now in the writings of Paul we can see how the Holy Spirit has laid out the format that He wanted them in. Now in normal thinking most people think that Galatians should have been in front of Romans because Galatians, in the terms of a Bible teacher in by gone days puts it, “Galatians, if you compare it to an artist, is more or less his pencil drawing of what he has in his own mind, and then Romans is likened to the final paint and oil on canvas.” Well I kind of like that, because that’s exactly like Galatians is. Galatians is so introductory. It doesn’t get down into the deep things of Romans, and yet it has its divine purpose for being exactly where it is following the two letters to the Corinthians.

Now most of you were with us as we taught I and II Corinthians where Paul had to deal not only with problems in the congregation, but a constant flow of attack on his person. His enemies were always decrying that he was an impostor, and he had something that he had drummed up on his own. They would also say, that he did not have the authority from Peter, James, and John, so remember in those 2 letters to the Corinthians he was always having to defend his apostleship. Now in Galatians the average reader probably can’t discern the difference, but in this Book he’s not defending his person so much as he is his doctrine.

Now that’s a word that I don’t want any to use loosely. Doctrine is something that has pretty much, in our day and time, gone by the board. But listen if you do not have doctrine, then you have nothing. We’re seeing so much today with the emphasis on “experience” and that’s well and good as far as that goes, but listen experience does not set your feet in concrete.It takes doctrine, and that’s the primary word as we’re seeing here in Galatians. Paul in this Book is refuting false doctrine, and teachings that had crept not only into the Galatians Churches, but every Church that he ever founded. But that problem is not just unique to Paul’s day, it has plagued Christianity up through the centuries, and is just a applicable today as it was the day Paul wrote it.

Most congregations today are still teaching the false teaching of legalism. Normally when you think of legalism as just simply the Temple worship, and Judaism. No, legalism comes in all kinds of shapes and forms, and it’s always so subtle. You see legalism appeals to the human concept, “I have to do something!” And Paul’s doctrine says, as I’ve stressed it over and over that, “we do nothing” “But we rest on and believe in only what God has says. That He has finished it on our behalf, and that of course is the Gospel of our salvation, and that is believing in your heart for salvation, that Jesus died for you, was buried, and rose again + NOTHING! (compare I Corinthians 15:1-4 and Romans 10:9-10.

Well maybe that’s enough for introductions. So this little letter of Galatians is to refute false doctrine which was primarily the inroad of legalism. Remember in chapter 3 Paul made the point of the fact that they didn’t come into this glorious position that they enjoyed now as believers by Law keeping, but how? By faith. By believing the Gospel. All right so now then again as an illustration of faith Paul goes back to the Old Testament and picks up Abraham once again.

Galatians 3:6

“Even as Abraham believed God, and it (his believing God) was accounted to him for righteousness.” (Genesis 12:1)

Now contemplate that statement. Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Now ask yourself the question, how much else did Abraham do? Well nothing! He didn’t bring a sacrifice, he didn’t keep a set of commandments, he didn’t get baptized in the river Jordan, he didn’t do anything but believed God when He told Abraham to go to a land that he would show him. Now I’ve put this on the board before and will again, and that is to believe in God which 90% of Americans do, and to believe God. Now to believe in God is what the multitude of people around the world do. If it’s not the One True God then they’re believing in some god. But on the other hand to believe God then that’s faith. When we believe God then we’re taking Him at His Word, and we’re exercising faith. And that’s what God is looking for.

So when Paul again says here in Galatians that we are to believe God as Abraham did that sends us back first to the Book of Romans chapter 4, and then we’re going to go all the way back to Genesis and see how all of this has been building. You know I’m always making the reference to the fact that the Bible is a progressive revelation. In other words what was built back there in the Old Testament has not been thrown aside, but has rather been built upon, and we’re going to reconstruct that in a moment, but we’re going to go from the top down instead of from the bottom up. Let’s just compare scripture with scripture.

Romans 4:1-3

“What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? 2. For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. 3. For what saith the scripture? (and that’s what counts. It doesn’t matter what Paul says, or I say, but what matters is what does God say, and that of course is where the scripture comes in.) Abraham (believed not in God, but rather) believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.”

Now what does that tell you? God said something and Abraham believed it. Now you know that faith cometh by hearing, we looked at that in the last lesson. And that says, “that God has to say something before mankind can believe it.” So here it is. “Abraham believed God, and it was counted (or imputed) unto him for righteousness.” Now that brings another thought to mind, so maybe we had better deal with it as I trust the Spirit is leading this way. I hadn’t intended to do this, but let’s come on over the other way to the little Book of James. Here is one of those places where the scoffer especially and even a lot of well-meaning Christians will say, “Well the Bible contradicts itself, and I have problems with that.” Well come back to James chapter 2, and we’ll deal with it. I’m sure you are all aware of this verse. “Now Les how can you say that Abraham and we are saved by “Faith + Nothing? James says, “That if he doesn’t see works then he can’t see salvation.” Well let’s point it out.

James 2:21

“Was not Abraham our father (James was a Jew just like Paul) justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?” (this was some 50 years after the call of Abraham)

Now the first thing that I would say would be, when does God deal with the faith of Abraham? At the very beginning like He does with you and I or back here when Isaac is already on the scene which is some 50 years later? At the beginning. So James isn’t talking about Abraham’s origin, but rather he’s talking about something that took place some 50 years later which was at the offering of Isaac.

James 2:22-24

“Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was (his) faith made perfect? 23. And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 24. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.”

Is that a contradiction to what Paul says? On the surface it seems that way, but you see what is James really looking at? He is looking at the faith of an individual as man determines it. Now if you and I are to determine whether a person has saving faith or not then what’s the only criteria we have for that determination? Their works. But God doesn’t need works, God looks on the heart, and so Abraham was saved by faith + nothing because he didn’t have to show works to anybody, he was dealing only with God.

So the next time somebody jumps you and says, “well the scripture contradicts itself because James says, you can’t be saved without works, and Paul says you’re saved by faith alone.” But always remember James is looking at it from man’s point of view that absolutely if there are no works then you and I have no idea that a man has saving faith. But God looks at each of us like He did at Abraham and He sees our faith without works. I don’t have to do any works to prove to God that I have faith. But if I want to prove that to my neighbor then I’d better show some works. Do you see the difference? There is no controversy, no contradiction, but just simply two totally difference events. Now come back to Romans 4 for a moment, and then we will go back to Genesis.

Romans 4:3-4

“For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it (his believing) was counted unto him for righteousness. 4. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.” And we’re not under a debt economy. Oh maybe we are in politics, but not spiritually. We will never put God in our debt, and so we can’t work for salvation, not one iota. And now verse 5 says it all.

Romans 4:5

“But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. “

Now, since Paul uses Abraham as the epitome of faith, let’s go back to Genesis chapter 12 and check it out. The most important part of the whole Old Testament is the Abrahamic Covenant. It is the very bench mark of everything on which you and I rest by faith, and faith alone. And let’s look at it once again.

Genesis 12:1-3

“Now the LORD had said (back in chapter 11) unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: (and then God makes these great covenant promises to him) 2. And I will make of thee a great nation, (the Nation of Israel) and I will bless thee, (materially as well as spiritually) and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3. And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee (Abraham) shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

Now we’ve got to go back to Genesis chapter 3 to pick up that benchmark of all the families of the earth being blessed. I’m coming from the top down instead of from the bottom up, but here we’re coming now all the way from Paul’s stipulation that as Abraham believed God so this is where we are with like faith today. Now then as faith was that which imputed righteousness unto Abraham, and that through him all the families of the earth would be blessed, then in chapter 3 we find that Adam and Eve have just eaten of the fruit, and have totally plunged the whole human race under the curse. And here is a covenant that God makes with Adam. Now it’s not a very pretty covenant because in this covenant God is promising all the ramifications of the curse, and how that everything would come under the curse. But in the very center of this covenant that God makes with Adam is a promise of a Redeemer. Let’s look at beginning with verse 15. Here God says –

Genesis 3:15

” And I will put enmity between thee (Satan whom He’s addressing) and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; (here we pick up the seed of the woman from this who is Christ. All right then there would be a running battle between Satan and Christ) it (the seed of the woman, Christ) shall bruise thy (Satan’s) head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Which of course Satan accomplished when he cause the suffering of Christ at Calvary. Now from this place in Genesis chapter 3 that we find God is going to promise a Redeemer through the woman. On that promise now we build the Abrahamic Covenant that it’s going to be through this man and his offspring that the Seed of the woman would come. Now am I making myself clear?

In Genesis 3 God promised Adam that one day the Seed of the woman would one day defeat sin, death, and Satan. Abraham is now given the promise that this Seed of the woman would come through his lineage through the Nation of Israel. So the Abrahamic Covenant then becomes the very foundation of everything as we come on up into the New Testament and the appearance of Christ and His earthly ministry, His rejection by Israel, and then we move on into the Church Age after the conversion of Saul of Tarsus. So all of our foundations of faith, not only the how, but also the why all rest on what God promised Abraham.

Maybe before we go back to the Book of Galatians we need to stop in Romans chapter 11. We should have caught this verse while we were there. Remember the last part of that Abrahamic Covenant was that in thee (Abraham) would all the families of the earth be blessed. Of course that comes primarily through Christ, the Seed of the woman coming through the seed of Abraham. But it is also a result of what God promised through the apostle Paul in Romans chapter 11, and this is an account of how Israel had rejected everything and God is going to literally strip the branches from the tree which is Israel that is rooted in Abraham, and He’s going to graft in the Gentiles. Now this all ties together. Let’s drop in at verse 15.

Romans 11:15

“For if the casting away of them (the Jew, the Nation of Israel) be the reconciling of the world, (the whole world.) what shall the receiving of them (the Nation of Israel) be, but life from the dead? 

And of course we saw that in our past teaching in Ezekiel 37 and 38 how that that valley of dry bones was shaking and finally came together, and finally the flesh came on and the skin on, and finally one day in the future now the nation is going to experience life. Well what is it but life from the dead. Now verse 16.

Romans 11:16-17

“For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. (but Israel didn’t appreciate that position, and so God broke off in the next verse) 17. And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; “

Now what’s the analogy? Well when Israel rejected everything and God turned to the Gentiles through the apostle Paul and began to call out the Body of Christ what made it possible? As he removed Israel from feeding on the root and the fatness of their father Abraham, who has he now put in their place? The Gentiles. Remember we taught this, I thought, in our series on the Book of Romans. And so here we are, the whole Gentile world now in this place of privilege, this place of blessing that Israel had enjoyed all through the Old Testament.

But now we’ve also got to be careful. Just because Israel was resting on the root and fatness of Abraham, the man of faith, did that automatically make every Jew a believer? No way! Most of them weren’t. Well it’s the same way with the Gentiles. Here we are as Gentiles nations of the world. Everyone is in that place of privilege, and blessing and an opportunity to hear the Gospel and be saved. Now that doesn’t mean that every Gentile is going to be saved by no means. But what does it mean? That every Gentile has an opportunity. Every Gentile is going to be held responsible when they come to that Great White Throne Judgment lost.

They’re not going to be able to say, “Well I never had a chance.” God’s going to say, “Oh yes you did. You rested on the root and fatness of Abraham. You had just as much opportunity as the covenant people Israel did of the past, but you didn’t take advantage of it, you refused it.” You know I’ve been stressing for the past several lessons how that when Christ died, how many sins of the world did He take care of? All of them! Every human being that has ever lived has already been declared reconciled so far as God is concerned. They’ve been pardoned so far as God is concerned, but until they appropriate it with the kind of faith that Abraham had which was a relatively simple faith, then it’s all for nothing. You know this is what I’m always stressing. God doesn’t look for someone who knows the Bible from cover to cover before he can be saved. God isn’t looking for some primary example of Holy living before he can save, but what did Romans 4 say?

Romans 4:5

“But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” Now that’s where God works. Many people have the idea, “If I can just clean up my act, I’ll be saved.” NO. The ungodly person has to stay right where he’s at because that’s where God’s going to reach down and save him.

388 - Les Feldick Bible Study - Lesson 1 - Part 4 - Book 33 - Galatians 2:7 - 3:5 - Part 2

388: Galatians 2:7 – 3:5 – Part 2 – Lesson 1 Part 4 Book 33

Through the Bible with Les Feldick

LESSON 1 * PART 4 * BOOK 33

GALATIANS 2:7 – 3:5 – PART 2

Now back to Galatians where we left off in chapter 2, and we were looking at verse 20 where Paul makes this classic statement:

Galatians 2:20a

“I am crucified with Christ;…”

That is the very function of the Gospel. That Christ died for the sins of the world, and was buried, and that He arose from the dead. I always like to make the point and I’ve been making it more strongly than ever that when we come under that forgiveness, we are forgiven everything, past, present, and future. We will never, never come into the presence of God with sin on our back so to speak, because it has all been paid for. Now I know this is beyond all human comprehension. I can’t understand it, but I believe it because that’s what the Book teaches. We have been forgiven all our trespasses, not because of anything we have done, but all because of what Christ has accomplished on our behalf. And that’s what makes the Gospel so simple and yet so complex we’ll never understand it this side of glory. Paul goes on to say in verse 20 that even though he’s crucified by identification with Christ’s death:

Galatians 2:20

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith (faithfulness) of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

Now what do I mean by the faithfulness? Someone asked from the television audience, “How do you get people to sit there all afternoon in those uncomfortable chairs?” Well, they’ve never complained, and that proves you don’t have to have upholstery to get people to come in if you’re feeding them from the Word. But anyway when our people came in today they picked a chair to sit on, I’ll bet there wasn’t a person in this room that analyzed or inspected that chair to see if it would hold you, did you? Not a one of you did that. Why didn’t you examine your chair? Your faith in that chair was enough. Now if you’re placing your faith in that chair in turn what does that chair have to be? Faithful. If the chair isn’t faithful, then you would go to the floor.

Now it’s the same way with Christ. He has claimed to have done everything that’s necessary, and I’ve put my faith in that. Now someday when I get to the eternal abode is God going to say, “Well I’m sorry Les, but it wasn’t what it seemed to be?” No way, but rather He’s going to say, “The Blood of Christ is faithful, He is faithful.” And that’s why we can trust Him. So this is what I’m sure that Paul is driving at in verse 20. That it’s through the faithfulness, his faith in the one who is faithful to keep us, because He loved me and gave Himself for me. The other day my 10 year old grandson asked me, “Grampa, do I love God enough? Do I have enough faith that if he should come tonight that I won’t be left behind?” Now that’s a pretty good question from a 10 year old isn’t it? But the question isn’t how much we love Him, but rather how much He has loved us? And you see that’s pointed out so clearly in John chapter 11 in the account of Lazarus. All through that chapter it isn’t how much Mary and Martha loved Jesus, but how much He loved them.

John 11:3

“Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, `Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.'”

John 11:5

“Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.”

Then when you come down to the shortest verse John 11:35 “Jesus wept.” What did the Jews in that area say?

John 11:36

“Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!”

So it wasn’t how much they loved Him, but the other way around. So we must remember that it’s not how much we love Him but how much He loves us, and has saved us, and has kept us. Now let’s go on to Galatians 2:21 where Paul says:

Galatians 2:21a

“I do not frustrate the grace of God:…”

Many people have the idea that God is something up there that is just waiting for them to goof up so He can zap them. No that’s not God’s attitude. God attitude is one of total love and mercy and Grace. Let me take you back to a verse we talked about in one of our classes the other night. Come back to I Corinthians and always remember the setting of these various letters of Paul. The Corinthian Church, as we taught so clearly I trust, was a carnal Church. They had a lot of problems, so they were not the epitome of strong believers, they were carnal, they were fleshly, but in spite of all that, look what Paul writes to them in chapter 1.

I Corinthians 1:6-8

“Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you; (Their testimony was confirmed, sealed, and settled) 7. So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: (In other words they were potentially able to accomplish great things as anybody could be. Now verse 8) Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Now that’s mind boggling isn’t it? People like these Corinthians with all of their failures and their weaknesses, that if the Lord would have come within a day or two after having received this letter, would they have stood before God shaking in their boots because of all their failures? No. Paul says, “If the Lord should come they would stand before Him blameless.” And we know they weren’t blameless. So on what basis could God do that? His Grace.

I remember we hadn’t been on television very long when I got a call from a listener and he was upset that I was alluding to eternal security for a true believer. He wanted to know how I could do such a thing. So I said to him, “Now look, what part of God made it possible for you to be saved in the first place?” Well he answered correctly when he said, “His Grace.” I asked him if he deserved His Grace? He replied no. I asked him, “Can’t you believe that this same Grace is going to keep those that are His even though we don’t deserve it?” Well I never got him to agree with me, but we must understand that none of us deserve to stay saved. But we do stay saved because of His Grace if we have been truly saved by His Gospel as outlined in I Corinthians 15:1-4 in the first place.

So remember we stand before God blameless because of the Grace of God. That unmerited favor. Now I always say that’s not license. That doesn’t say to the believer to go out and do as you please. No way. But when the believer is under the power of the Holy Spirit and is trying his best in the light of Scripture to walk pleasing in God’s sight, and he fails does God kick him out? No. Anyone who has been a parent can relate to this. The little one has just began to take those first faltering steps, and we’re all proud of them. In fact I’ve got a little grandson that just started to walk this past week, and we’re all just tickled to death to see that little fellow walk clear across the room, but when he falls does everybody get upset and give him a boot in his little seat? No, we pick them up and get them on their little wobbly feet and get them going. Well that’s what God does. God doesn’t expect us never to fall, and when we do He’s right there ready to pick us up and put us on our way. But that’s not the concept that most people have of the Grace of God, but that’s what it is. Now looking at verse 21 again.

Galatians 2:21a

“I do not frustrate…”

Paul says, “I’m not going to fly in the face of the Grace of God and say, “But I have to do this because this is what the Law says.” We today are not under the Law, but where are we? We are under Grace. Oh what a difference that makes. Grace is that attribute of God that’s capable of pouring out undeserved favor and mercy on sinners like you and I, sons of Adam.And all because of the love that was poured out at the Cross. That was love epitomized. That was as great an act of love as has ever been done, and all because He loved you and I as sinners, completely undeserving.

Galatians 2:21

“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, (legalism) then Christ is dead in vain.”

If you can be righteous by legalism then Christ was the biggest fool that ever walked to have gone to that kind of a death if indeed it didn’t accomplish that for which He went. But He did accomplish it, it’s finished and He did not die in vain. This little Book of Galatians is constantly showing the difference between Law and Grace – and how Paul is confronting these little congregations up there in Galatia who were being submarined by the Judaisers who were saying that you can’t saved by Grace alone – but rather you have to keep the Law, and you have to keep circumcision.

You know we might think that this is something in the past that took place, and we’re not up against anything like that today. Well we’re not up against circumcision, but you know what? We’ve got a couple dozen other things that we add that is just as insidious. They creep into the life of believers and they begin to doubt, and begin to wonder, have I really believed enough? And just as soon as you begin to doubt what does old Satan pop into your mind? Well maybe I do have to do this or do that. Now that’s the way old Satan works, so we have to constantly stay in the Word, believe that it’s True, and it is by Grace and Faith + NOTHING! Now to chapter 3.

Galatians 3:1

“O foolish Galatians, (now why does Paul use the word foolish? Because they were being hoodwinked into thinking they had to add to his Gospel.) who hath bewitched you, (who has been fooling with your thinking?) that ye should not obey the truth, (and what was the truth? Jesus Christ crucified, buried, and risen from the dead + nothing) before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?

And here these Judaisers were saying it had to be + something. And that’s the way it had always been with the exception of Abraham. It was always + something. Many people would say the Old Testament saints were saved by faith. Yes they were saved by faith, but not faith alone. It was faith + and even in Christ’s earthly ministry they weren’t saved by just believing that He was the Messiah. They had to repent and be baptized, they still had to keep the Law, they were still under Temple worship so it was faith + something.

But now beginning with Paul’s Gospel it’s faith + Nothing. I remember a lady was bamboozled by this when she first came to the class. She was an artist and she made a little plaque for me of an odd looking little duck to be sure. He’s got his head cocked to one side, with the question “Faith + Nothing?” That’s where most people are. It’s like, “Les, are you crazy – Faith + Nothing?” Hey 90% of Christendom doesn’t hear that. 90% of Christianity says, “It’s Faith + something.” But Paul says it’s faith + nothing for salvation. Now I’m not talking about the Christian experience as we go on down the road. I’m talking about salvation here, it’s faith + nothing. If it isn’t then Christ died for nothing, and that’s what Paul says, when he said then He died in vain. Now verse 2.

Galatians 3:2

“This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit (The Holy Sprit. Again the evidence of their salvation) by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?” Speaking of the hearing of faith, come back to Romans chapter 10 for a moment because we’ve got to keep comparing scripture with scripture. Now this is just simple little verse.

Romans 10:17

“So then faith (saving faith) cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Now saving faith cometh by works? No. By what? Hearing. Now there’s no work in hearing, and that’s how faith comes. We contemplated it. We recognize that Christ died for me and rose from the dead, and that’s all I need. And we believe it, and by believing it then we are listening to the Word of God. Remember all faith is taking God at His Word. God said it and I believe it, and God recognizes it, and on the basis of that He moves in and does everything that needs to be done. Now that’s simplification, and many people can’t buy salvation being that easy, but I can’t help that. The scriptures says, “That it’s by faith and not the works of the Law.” Now back to Galatians 3. In verse 3 it’s the same thing only in a little different wording. And why would God repeat this? Repetition. Repetition is the mother of learning.

Galatians 3:3

“Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, (the work of the Holy Spirit which generated salvation because of their faith) are ye now made perfect (or made right with God) by the flesh?” Now what’s the flesh a reference to? The Law. The Law was fleshly, it was weak, it was beggarly. Let’s look at that in Romans chapter 7.

Romans 7:5-6

“For when we were in the flesh, (we had no spiritual life) the motions of sins, (the activity of what the Law would condemn us for) which were by the law, did work in our members(this body of flesh) to bring forth fruit unto death, (that is what the unsaved person is living for. All he’s living for is the day when he dies physically and the works of his unsaved experience are going to come up before him at the great White Throne Judgment. And the fruit that they’re going to have is death!) 6. But (flip side) now we are delivered from the law,(which was an administration of death) that being dead wherein we were held; (that is the Law) that we should serve (now as believers) in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.” (the Law)

We’re not under that Law of the oldness of the letter, we are now in this whole new frame of thinking which is the spiritual realm. And how do we get there? Just by believing the Gospel! Now back to Galatians chapter 3. Let’s look at verse 3 again.

Galatians 3:3-5

“Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, (that is by believing Paul’s Gospel through faith + nothing) are ye now made perfect by the flesh? (are you now going to move into a deeper spiritual life by the flesh? And what does the flesh want in the Galatian Churches? Legalism, Law. It’s just part of that old Adamic Nature to want to be under some kind of a Law.) 4. Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. 5. He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, (Holy Spirit) and worketh miracles among you, (whatever it was) doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?”

Well you can answer that question. They couldn’t perform any miracles under the working of Law, it was impossible. But when the Holy Spirit activated the hearts and minds of those pagan Galatians and others throughout the Roman Empire, then what was it? It was a miraculous transformation from paganism with all of it’s excesses, with it’s idolatry, and it’s immorality, and what did they do? They stepped out into a whole new lifestyle. Now that’s a miracle enough in itself, and no doubt in the early churches there were other manifestations of the miraculous. Paul doesn’t explicitly delineate them, but the question is still the same. If you have witnessed a miracle was it through the keeping of the Law? Or was it through the manifestation of the Holy Spirit Who was activated, how? By Faith + nothing! This is the whole theme of this Book of Galatians, so don’t be suckered into coming under some kind of a works religion!

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PLAN FOR HEAVEN

Romans 3:23-27

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his Grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that He might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what Law: of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.”

Romans 6:23

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Romans 1:16-19

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.”

I Corinthians 15:1-6

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.”

Romans 5:8-11

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.”

Romans 4:5

“But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”

Ephesians 1:13:14

“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”

I Thessalonians 4:13-18

“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

Romans 10:8-13

“But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shall be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Revelation22:21

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”

MANIFOLD RESULTS OF SALVATION

THE GOSPEL – Our Position – I Corinthians 15:1-4

JUSTIFIED – Romans 3:24

REDEEMED – Romans 3:24; Ephesians 1:7

SANCTIFIED – I Corinthians 1:30

FORGIVEN – Colossians 2:13

BAPTIZED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT – I Corinthians 12:13

GLORIFIED – Romans 8:17

INDWELT BY THE HOLY SPIRIT – I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19

IMPUTED RIGHTEOUSNESS – Rom. 1:18; Isaiah 61:10 (clothed with garments of salvation, covered with the robe of righteousness)

QUICKENED – New Creation (Made Alive) – Ephesians 2:1

ADOPTION – Joint Heirs – Romans 8:14

TRANSLATED and DELIVERED from Power of Darkness – Colossians 1:13-14

RECONCILED – II Corinthians 5:18

ETERNAL LIFE – Ephesians 2:5-7

387 - Les Feldick Bible Study - Lesson 1 - Part 3 - Book 33 - Galatians 2:7 - 3:5

387: Galatians 2:7 – 3:5 – Lesson 1 Part 3 Book 33

Through the Bible with Les Feldick

LESSON 1 * PART 3 * BOOK 33

GALATIANS 2:7 – 3:5

Let’s turn right back to where we left off in the last lesson, and that would be Galatians 2:15. Where Paul after coming away from his confrontation with Peter who was still succumbing to the demands of the Law-keeping Jews at Jerusalem says:

Galatians 2:15-16

“We who are Jews by nature, (by birth) and not sinners of the Gentiles, (we’re not after those pagan Gentiles, who were looked down upon by the Jews of that day) 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.”

We need to go back to Romans chapter 3 where it makes it a little plainer than this. One earlier Bible scholar that I’ve read in days gone by, puts it like this. The little letter to the Galatians is sort of like an artist who had the picture in his mind and he drew it first in pencil. And after he saw the whole picture in pencil he then put on canvas with oil, and that’s the Book of Romans. And you know I kind of like that. Galatians is just sort of an introduction, it covers all the bases, but you don’t get the graphic detail until you get into Romans. Now this verse 16 of Galatians is a good example of that. It’ kind of hard to sort out, but here it is in Romans chapter 3.

Romans 3:19

“Now we know that what things soever the law saith, (now that’s the Ten Commandments we’re referring to) it saith to them who are under the law: (in other words the Ten Commandments were directly given to the Nation of Israel, not to the Gentile world. But since it’s the Law of the Sovereign Creator God, how far does the influence of that Law go? To the ends of the earth, and look what the rest of the verse says ) that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.”

Even a Gentile can’t come up after having stolen something and say, “Well I never did anything wrong.” Yes, you did because the Law of God says, “That it’s against His will, against His Law to steal.” So every mouth was stopped, and all the world became guilty before God. Now that being the case:

Romans 3:20a

“Therefore by the deeds of the law (in other words by Law-keeping, by works) there shall no flesh (Jew or Gentile) be justified in his sight:…”

Why? Because the Law only has one function – You know we have people all over this part of the world that think by keeping the Law, by keeping the commandments, that they are making brownie points and someday God will just let them slip in under the door, but it’s not going to work that way. The Law wasn’t given for that reason. The Law had one function and that was to show mankind how sinful they really are. Every human being has been a Law-breaker, and we’re sinners by nature.

Romans 3:20b

“…for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” Now let’s come on down to verse 23.

Romans 3:23

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Not just Gentiles like the Jews perhaps thought, but everybody, Jews and Gentiles have sinned and come short of the glory of God. And its not anything we have done, that’s not what makes us sinners but rather we’re sinners because of who we are. We’re sons of Adam. Now verse 24 has the remedy.

Romans 3:24-26

“Being justified freely (without a cause) by his grace (His unmerited favor poured out on us) through the redemption (or the buying back process) that is in Christ Jesus: 25. Whom God (this same Christ Jesus) hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, (remember we looked at the ramifications of the blood in our last lesson. Going all the way back to Genesis 9, Leviticus 17, the blood was something very special in God’s sight because in the blood is the life.) to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26. To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness; (the righteousness of Christ) that he (Christ) might be just, and the justifier of him which(repents and is baptized? No way, but) believeth in Jesus.”

You can put anything in there that you want to including keeping the Ten Commandments but it just doesn’t say that, but only He will be the Justifier to him who believeth. Now verse 27.

Romans 3:27

“Where is boasting then? (who can brag?) It is excluded. (Why? Because the law of faith excludes it as you see in the remains of the verse.) By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.”

And the law of faith is? Believe the Gospel for your salvation. I’ve got a list of Salvation verses which is included in this book #33. We put them together for our classes and we’ve mailed a lot of them out over the years. These are all basic salvation verses, and all I want people to realize is that not one of them says anything about what we can do except“BELIEVE.” All of these verses say basically the same thing, and that is “When we believe that Christ died and rose from the dead thou shall be saved.” Now it says it in various and different ways, and they have all came from Paul’s various epistles and they all make no mention of repentance and baptism. Every one of them makes no mention of any kind of works or doings or keeping, but rather they all say basically the same thing –

Ephesians 2:8

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and not of yourselves; it is the gift of God:”

But all I want people to see is that all of these basic salvation verses are just like one in Romans 3, that it’s through faith in His Blood, through His death, burial, and resurrection, and that if we believe it in our heart then God does all the rest. We don’t have to do anything because He does it. We’ve been seeing the results of the power of the Gospel as people have been writing and calling. And I know these are people who have had no exposure to this whatsoever. And yet the Lord is opening their eyes that it isn’t what we do, but what we believe by faith. Now back to Galatians chapter 2.

Galatians 2:17

“But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, (not by the Law) we ourselves also are found sinners (remember we’re children of Adam) is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.” And here’s the basic reasoning in verse 18. Now this takes a little thinking I know it does. But think it through, and remember Paul’s past no one else could ever come close to, but look what he says.

Galatians 2:18

“For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor,”

Now what’s he saying? Here he’s been a Law keeping Jew, a great practitioner of Judaism. He thought the Law and the Temple and the Old Testament was the epitome of everything. But once he saw the truth of the power of the Gospel of Christ how that He died, shed His blood, and rose from the dead then he could literally destroy everything of the old account. Now he says, “if I go back and put my converts back under the Law and command them to keep circumcision then I am rebuilding what I’ve torn down.” Do you get that? Let’s look at Colossians chapter 2 and nobody understood this better than the apostle Paul. This is a graphic statement. Here he is speaking of the work of the Cross.

Colossians 2;14

“Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, (the Law, and especially the Law that was being practiced at the time of Christ which was a degenerated 613 rules and regulations.) which was contrary to us, and (the Law was absolutely contrary to human nature. Everything in the Law, human nature says do it. So He) took it out of the way, nailing it to the cross;”

Now that’s what Paul means then as we come back to Galatians chapter 2 that once he helped believing Jews like himself to see that that old economy had been totally done away with.It was nailed to our Savior’s Cross.! Now Paul says if I come back and tell these converts that I was wrong, and now I’ve got to put them back under the Law then he says, “I’m building again that which I have destroyed.” Isn’t that beautiful, but Paul says, he couldn’t do that. Paul could not go back on the revelations that the Lord had given him. Now let’s move on to verse 19, and this is his whole reason for pressing on constantly throughout the Roman Empire with the Gospel of the Grace of God.

Galatians 2:19

“For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.”

What was the Law? Perfect. Right. It was the very mind of God it was perfect from God’s point of view. But what was it from man’s point of view? It was something that he could keep. It was weak, it was beggarly, because even though it was perfect from God’s point of view, from man’s stand point he couldn’t keep it because there was no power in the Law to help him keep it. Do you understand that? Remember the Law was given to Moses on hard cold stone. Now listen stone is not cuddly. I don’t care how old we are, some things are cuddly, but stone is not one of them. It is cold, and it is not something that you can just bring to yourself. That was the Law.

And even Peter had to admit that it was a yoke. It was like a millstone around people’s necks because of it’s heavy demands, and man’s inability to keep it and it had nothing to help him do it. Now that was the Law, and the Law was severe. If you went out on the Sabbath day and picked up a few sticks for the fireplace, it wasn’t a slap on the wrist, but rather a deathpenalty. If someone was caught in an act of immorality it wasn’t a wink of the eye, it was death! That’s how severe the Law was. But we have been set free from all of that because of the finished work of the Cross. But you and I and anyone who has experienced salvation would never realize why we needed salvation if it weren’t for the Law. Do you see that?

My own pastor the last few Sundays has been in the Book of Romans and I have been thoroughly enjoying it, and I’ve told him so. One of the comments he’s made is, “You can never be saved until you know that you’re lost.” How do you know that you’re lost? Because the Law condemns you. If it weren’t for the Law then anybody could say, “Well I’m good enough. and God will accept me.” But the Law says you’re guilty. There isn’t a one of us in this room who hasn’t broken the Ten Commandments and we know that. And if we’ve broken the Ten Commandments what are we? We’re Law breakers, and if we’re a Law breaker then we’re a sinner.

You know a lot of people have the idea that a sinner is just somebody that is down in the gutter. Somebody who has committed murder or somebody who has been in a house of ill repute, or any of these things that the world looks at as maybe sinful. Hey listen, good people are sinners, nice people are sinners, church people are sinners, because we’re all guilty of having broken God’s perfect Law. So then what condemns us? The Law. Come back with me to the tough chapter of Romans 7. That chapter is what I like to refer to as 8th Grade arithmetic when I was in school. But I remember those 8th Grade arithmetic problems were tough. We called them story problems. They would give you a whole paragraph of a background and all of the ramifications and I tell you what, it would just blow your mind to try to work them out. Well that’s sort of like what Romans chapter 7 is like. This chapter just boggles your mind and then all of a sudden it comes out.

Romans 7:7

“What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. (is the Law something evil or wicked?) Nay, I had not known sin, (or the old sin nature) but by the law, for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.” See how simple that is? So it was the Law that condemned this religious Jew, and he thought he was keeping it.

Romans 7:8-9

“But sin, (the old sin nature) taking occasion by the commandments, (the Law) wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. (it got his mind just broiling) For without the law sin was dead. (it was inoperative) 9. For I was alive without the law once; but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.”

Old Adam woke up and old Adam in Saul’s makeup said, “Hey that’s me, because I’m a coveter.” And then what did he do? I died. Now what does he mean? Well he had to die in the realm of that old Adam who was a Law breaker, and with the death of old Adam, what happened? New life. Now that’s what we talk about all the time, that’s salvation. When our old Adam is put to death because he was a Law breaker and we become a believer in the finished work of the Cross which is the Gospel then we’re a new creation, we’re alive, we have eternal life and Paul is constantly referring to that. Peter also said that salvation was all Paul talks about in all his epistles. Now back to Galatians chapter 2 verse 20 which is a classic. It’s a verse that I think most kids in daily vacation Bible school use to memorize. Here Paul now gives his own personal testimony under inspiration of the spirit and it becomes the Word of God.

Galatians 2:20a

“I am crucified with Christ:…”

Now Paul didn’t die on a Roman cross. If he died a martyr’s death, I think it was by beheading. So what’s he’s talking about? Oh that day on the road to Damascus when the Lord spoke to him, and literally knocked him to the ground, and in a moment Saul of Tarsus recognized that he was dealing with the ascended Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified One, what happened? Oh Saul died that day, he was crucified in the old Adam, and immediately he became a new man, a new creation.

So this is Paul’s whole thrust of teaching, that now as believers we have these two forces working within us. God reckons old Adam as absolutely dead, but in experience, oh he’s still there. I’ve always told people that I don’t mind the attacks of Satan half as much as I do the attacks of my old Adam. Now think about that. As you go through a week of life right here and now where do you run into most of your difficulties? Not Satanic as much as old Adam, he’s the one that pops those thoughts in your mind, he’s the one that catches us in these moments of weakness, and of course don’t take away from Satan’s power either. But it’s our old Adam that just constantly confronts us to still go the direction of the old adamic nature. But opposite it we now have that new nature which is energized by the Holy Spirit. Now verse 20 again.

Galatians 2:20

“I am crucified with Christ: (when Christ died that’s when we died) nevertheless I live; (physically) yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh (here and now, day by day) I live by the faith (or the faithfulness, He is faithful, He will never let us down.) of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

Remember Peter in the Book of Acts to the Nation of Israel said, “You killed Him.” But Paul to the Body of Christ says, “He loved you and gave himself for you.”