398 - Les Feldick Bible Study - Lesson 1 - Part 2 - Book 34 - Our Position After Salvation - Part 2

398: Our Position After Salvation – Part 2 – Lesson 1 Part 2 Book 34

Through the Bible with Les Feldick

LESSON 1 * PART 2 * BOOK 34

OUR POSITION AFTER SALVATION – PART 2

Now as we begin this lesson we just praise the Lord that He has saw fit to use us to create an interest once again in the study of His Word. I don’t expect everybody to agree with me, but if I can just cause people to start searching the Scriptures. We don’t have to agree on every little detail because there’s room for disagreement, but hopefully I try to stay as close to the truth as I possibly can. We’re not here for any particular denomination. I’m only here to teach the Word of God. Now our study begins in Galatians Chapter 4 and we were finishing verse 4 when we closed the last lesson.

Galatians 4:4

“But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law.”

That verse falls in line with what I have stressed over and over and that is that Christ’s earthly ministry was under the Law of Moses. We just spent this last week in Indiana where we just had such a response, and this is the one thing that we hear over and over. Never did they realize that Christ’s earthly ministry was under the Law. Everything that Christ said and instructed was in compliance with the Mosaic system. Not a word of this Gospel of Grace, you see it couldn’t be because He hadn’t died for the sins of the world. He couldn’t speak of His death, burial, and resurrection and have faith in that for salvation because He hadn’t died yet. We don’t get those instructions for the Church Age believer until we get to Paul. That revelation was given only to that apostle.

Oh, Christ did mention the fact that He was going to die, in fact let’s look at it again in Luke Chapter 18. These are verses that I think most people don’t even realize are in the Bible. And this is why I emphasize that when people continue to preach in the Four Gospels and totally ignore the writings of the apostle Paul, that those preaching and teaching must realize that His death, burial, and resurrection hadn’t taken place yet. They couldn’t preach our Gospel as found in I Corinthians 15:1-4. It had to be completed, and you can’t preach something until God reveals it, and at that time He hadn’t revealed it. And it’s so obvious here in Luke 18. This is at the end of His earthly ministry.

Luke 18:31-34

“Then he (Jesus) took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, `Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. (hadn’t happened yet but it will) 32. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, (the Romans) and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: 33. And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.’ 34. And they (the Twelve) understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken,”

These disciples had no idea that He was going to die on that Roman Cross. And as I showed so often in John’s gospel Chapter 20, we might as well stop there on your way back to the Book of Galatians. Here Peter and John have now run to the tomb. Everybody is shocked at what Mary Magdalene had told them (that the tomb is empty). They had no idea that He was going to rise from the dead but remember He had told them. But what had happened? It was hidden from them. God kept it secret even though He said it out in plain language. So here we are now on resurrection morning, and Peter and John run to that empty sepulcher.

John 20:8-9

“Then went in also that other disciple, (John) which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. (then the next verse tells it all.) 9. For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.”

Do you see how plain all that is? They didn’t know, they had no concept of a saving Gospel of Grace based on His death, burial, and resurrection. Yet most churches spend most of their time teaching and preaching exclusively from the Four Gospels. No wonder the Church is dying on the vine. No wonder we’re going into such an apostasy, because there’s no power in this now. This is faded off the scene. His earthly ministry is part and parcel of the past just like the Old Testament economy. And now we’ve got to come into the letters and writings of the apostle of the Gentiles, the apostle Paul, for the doctrines of Grace. Now come back with me to the Book of Galatians Chapter 4 where it says He came, made of the woman, made under the Law, but what was the purpose?

Galatians 4:5

“To redeem (buy back, pay the price) for them that were under the law, that we (the whole world) might receive the adoption (position) of sons.”

Now, let’s go back to Romans. It’s been a long time since we’ve taught Romans, so I think it can bear repeating, and we’ll be coming back here more than once in these next few verses in Galatians. But in Romans Chapter 3 verse 23 for this moment:

Romans 3:23

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” That means everyone – Jew and Gentile, black and white, rich and poor. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Verse 24.

Romans 3:24

“Being justified freely by his grace (how could he justify us?) through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”

Redemption is the process of buying us back. Now the first thing you always have to qualify is why does the word “redemption” have to be used? Why did God have to buy something back? Because you don’t buy something back unless you’ve owned it and lost it, right? In other words, you take something to the pawn shop; it was yours, you sold it, took a loan against it and they took over control. You cannot get it back and have control of that, whatever it is, until you pay the price of redemption.

It’s the same way in Scripture. The reason God had to pay a price of redemption, first for Israel, nationally, and for the whole world in general, was because that which was once God’s – He lost it. Satan picked it up. And so he’s holding it tight until God pays the price of redemption. Now when I say that Israel was lost, that goes back to when the brothers sold Joseph into slavery. It was sinful, it was wrong. But when they did that, God lost control of the little Nation of Israel, although it was still embryonic. But God lost control. They ended up in Egypt and for those 215 years they were under the control of the Egyptian yoke. And now when they finally come out, as it’s recorded in the Book of Exodus, what do we call Exodus? The book of redemption, because what is God doing? He is paying the price to bring Israel out from under bondage, out from Egyptian control, and back to Himself where He originally had them. Of course, the price of redemption there is more symbolic than actual, because it was the blood of the lamb that kept them safe on the night of the Passover. And it was the power of opening the Red Sea that brought the nation out to God Himself. But He redeemed them. He paid the price and He brought them back.

Now for the whole world population in general, He paid the price with His own Blood. The Cross of Calvary is where Christ paid the price of redemption. When Adam sinned, the whole human race fell under the control of Satan. And so He has paid the price of redemption for how many? All. You’ve heard me stress for the last several months on the programs, that when Christ died, He paid the price for every human being’s sin. He has paid the price of redemption for everyone. But you can’t appropriate it until faith comes into the picture. Now back to Romans Chapter 3. So He has justified the believer, freely, because of that price that He paid to bring them back from under the control of Satan. Now verse 25.

Romans 3:25a

“Whom (speaking of Christ Jesus) God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood,….”

Why the Blood in this verse? Because the Blood is the price of redemption. Without the shedding of Blood there is no remission. And had not Christ shed His Blood then the redemption price would have never been paid. Satan would still claim us as his own. It was paid and it’s done. Now verse 26 and what beautiful language –

Romans 3:26

“To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness:(God’s righteousness) that he (God) might be just, and the justifier of him which (what?) believeth…”

Not a lot of other things, but to him who believeth. Now let’s come back to Galatians 4 once again. He came made of the woman, for only one purpose. First, to be the King of Israel, but when they rejected that, then His eternal purpose was to go the way of the Cross, to shed His Blood, to pay the full price of redemption. And it’s paid in full. Now verse 5.

Galatians 4:5

“To redeem them that were under the law, (which was Israel. But it didn’t stop with Israel, thank goodness. It spread to the whole human race) that we (now Paul speaks in terminology that includes everybody, Jew and Gentiles, because after all he’s writing to Gentiles) might receive the adoption of sons.”

This adoption could never happen without the price of redemption. It had to be one of the first processes in the plan of salvation. Now let’s go back to Romans Chapter 3 and we’ll look at a different verse.

Romans 3:19a

“Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law;…”

Now compare that with Galatians and what did it say? He came to redeem them that were under the Law. But the next part of the verse in Galatians 4 says that we, the whole general race, might receive the adoption of sons – and now back to Romans 3:19, not only to them under the Law, which was Israel –

Romans 3:19b

“…that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.”

Now whose mouths are we talking about? The whole human race! Not just Israel. The whole human race has to understand that there is not a word of argument that they can offer. It’s going to be amazing, we’re not going to be there of course, but I know from Scripture, that I can guarantee it that when lost humanity comes up before the Great White Throne, up there in Revelation 20, there’s not going to be any argument. They’re not going to debate the issue. There won’t be a great big jury trial. But individually they’re all going to come before that righteous Judge, which will be Christ Jesus Himself.

And even though He did express in His earthly ministry, they are going to say, “But Lord didn’t we do this, or that and cast out demons.” And He’s going to say, “Depart from me, for I never knew you.” But other than that, there’s going to be no argument. They’re suddenly going to see the record, the Lamb’s Book of Life and their name isn’t in it. And they’re going to see that long list of evil deeds and works that they know they’re guilty of. No argument and He’s going to consign them to their eternal doom. I know people don’t like to hear that. They like to think that they’re good enough and they’re going to somehow slip in. But, NO THEY’RE NOT!!

I will never forget one old fellow that I did a lot of business with and he said, “Les, I hope that someday I can sort of shimmy under the door.” No, it’s not going to work that way. And some like to think that maybe they can barter with old Peter at the Pearly Gates. No, it’s not going to work that way either. But those that are lost are suddenly going to be brought to the Great White Throne with no argument, realizing that they have been guilty of unbelief and rejecting and they’re going to go to their eternal doom. Now back to Romans 3:19.

Romans 3:19b

“…that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.”

A lot of people think it should say “and all the world may become fit for Heaven!” But that’s not what it says. It says all the world may become GUILTY! And there’s no way of getting into a place of freedom and liberty as long as you’re guilty. Not even in the secular world (I hope). Now verse 20 and I love these two verses to show people that all their law-keeping, all their good works, all their legalism, will be for nothing, because –

Romans 3:20a

“Therefore by the deeds of the law (trying to live the good life according to format of the Ten Commandments) there shall no flesh be justified in his sight:…”

They may be good enough in man’s sight, but they’ll never cut it when they come under the scrutinizing eyes of the Lord Jesus. And so no flesh is justified in his sight, why?

Romans 3:20b

“…for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”

All the Law can show mankind is their sinfulness, not their salvation. Isn’t it amazing how Satan can totally counterfeit the issue? Now today, Satan has convinced millions, probably billions, that if they do the best they can, if they keep the Law, at least as much as possible, somehow they’ll make it. They’ve got that idea and it’s just stuck in their craw and they refuse to see what the Book says. The Book says they’re never going to make it. Because by the keeping of the Law, is no flesh justified. But we have to experience that price of redemption, which is by having our faith in that shed Blood of Calvary.

Now let’s move on in the moments we have left, to verse 6 of Galatians 4. Now then, since it’s established that the Law could not save, but that the work of the Cross has redeemed us and as soon as we are redeemed we are placed by the right of adoption into that place of full maturity in the Body of Christ. I think I mentioned in our last taping that there are two concepts in Scripture. One is that when we come in as a new believer, how do we begin? Babes in Christ, and we desire the sincere milk of the Word, the simpler things.

But as we grow and as we come through the Christian experience, we finally reach the place where we are ready for the strong meat of the Word. Not just the simple things but also the strong meat. Let’s go to Ephesians Chapter 1 and verse 5 for the other concept. And that concept is that the moment that we’re saved God puts us right up in that place of full responsibility like this tutored son. Like that little lad, for years, was constantly being taught and encouraged and reprimanded by his tutor. But when the day came, he was presented as a full partner with that father. Now remember the two concepts. We come into the Body of Christ as babes in Christ, no matter whether we’re six or sixty and we grow in grace and knowledge. But positionally, and that’s what the great book of Ephesians is all about – our position in the Body of Christ.

Ephesians 1:5a

“Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ unto Himself,…”

That does not mean that we’re legally transformed from one family to another. But the word “adoption” coming out of the Greek and the Roman practice was like we’ve just seen and that was the placing of that son as a full partner and heir with the father. That’s what adoption means. Now God has predestined us. He has kept that place open for every believer, that the moment he is saved, there he is, right where God intended him to be from eternity past. And so that’s what the predestination is about is the position.

Ephesians 1:5b

“…according to the good pleasure of his will.”

Now, I’ve got to take you back to Acts Chapter 2 again. We use some of these verses over and over because I think they are so fundamental to understanding everything. Peter is preaching on the day of Pentecost and he’s preaching to the Nation of Israel, still under the Law. And look what he says-

Acts 2:22,23

“Ye men of Israel, hear these words; (did those Jews know their Old Testament? Of course they did! They were taught in the whole idea of the Law and the Old Testament prophets and so forth. Even though they were in rank unbelief, yet they knew these things from the Old Testament) Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: 23. Him, (Jesus of Nazareth) being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:”

You know what he could have also said? “And he has reserved you a place. He has adoption waiting for you.” But Peter didn’t know that. But God did. God had the foreknowledge of everything from eternity past up until the time that it is finally consummated and will continue until the end of time. Nothing in all of God’s working was unknown to that predeterminate counsel of God back there in eternity past. The Triune God saw everything and that’s beyond our human comprehension. He saw it all! He knew back in eternity past that we would be sitting here in Tulsa, Oklahoma this afternoon. There is nothing beyond His knowledge and He knows exactly what’s ahead of us, even though we don’t. Let’s look at verses 4 & 5 again –

Galatians 4:4b-5

“…God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5. To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”

He went through that whole finished work of the Cross, arose from the dead, appeared to the eleven for forty days, ascended back to Glory and then revealed to this next great man in human history, the apostle Paul, or Saul of Tarsus, all of these doctrines of grace. And until Paul comes they are unknown. That’s why he refers constantly to the mysteries, the secrets that were kept in the mind of God. I’m so thrilled that people are seeing this, by the hundreds. People are finally understanding that it’s only through the revelations to this apostle that we now understand that eternal purpose of God in the crucifixion and in calling out that body of Gentiles, which we call the Church. Not under the Law, but under grace.

397 - Les Feldick Bible Study - Lesson 1 - Part 1 - Book 34 - Our Position After Salvation

397: Our Position After Salvation – Lesson 1 Part 1 Book 34

Through the Bible with Les Feldick

LESSON 1 * PART 1 * BOOK 34

OUR POSITION AFTER SALVATION

We’ll be starting in Galatians Chapter 4:1, but first let’s do a bit of review. Remember Galatians was written to that group of Churches up in Asia Minor which were called Galatia, which was central Turkey. And this was written for the precise purpose of correcting these Galatians going back under legalism. So I think it became such an urgent thing for the apostle Paul that he didn’t even wait for a secretary to do the writing for him as he does on his other epistles. But this was so urgent that we have to feel he wrote this letter in his own handwriting even with the eye problem he had.

Galatians 6:11

“Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.”

I still think the eye problem was the thorn in the flesh he talks about in II Corinthians Chapter 12. And as blind people do, he no doubt had to print with large figures, so I think that was why he was not to be able to see the small print. So the whole little letter of Galatians is written with the view that you’re not under Law, but rather under Grace. And of course it’s still appropriate today. Most of Christendom today is so saturated with legalism that it is so hard for people to break away from something that has been drilled into them.

People have asked me why I think it took the Lord three years to show Paul (while he was in Arabia) all the things of Grace?” And I tell them with tongue in cheek, that it probably took 2 1/2 years to get Judaism out of him. You know it’s just human nature that when we are so brainwashed with religion and tradition even as Paul was in Judaism, so also everybody today is ingrained with legalism of one sort or another. So this little letter is just as appropriate for us today as it was the day that it was written, “We are not under Law, but Grace.”Now remember Grace means Total Freedom, and Total Liberty! But again I always follow that by saying it’s not license, but so far as being confined with any legal system, any idea that “you can’t do this, you can’t do that” is out, because we’ve been set free from all of that. And now through the power of the Holy Spirit which the Law had nothing of, we under Grace can live and be pleasing in God’s eyes without rules and regulations to tell us what we can and can’t do. So this is the whole idea of this little letter.

Galatians 4:1

“Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, (or a slave) though he be lord (small “l”) of all;”

Now this is not so much from the Hebrew or the Jewish background as it is from the Romans and the Greeks. And of course Paul uses the whole spectrum when it comes to illustrating and so forth. So now he dips into the Roman and the Greek culture that the wealthy Romans and Greeks would hire tutors, and the soul purpose of these tutors was to prepare that child, that legal son who was an heir. Remember, “as long as he was a child he `differeth nothing’ from a slave even though he be lord of all:” which means he was a blood heir of the father. But until he has finished his time of tutoring he has no more authority in the family than a slave. So this is where Paul is coming from. These Greek and Roman children were under the responsibility of tutors, learning and preparing for the day as you see in verse 2.

Galatians 4:2

“But is under tutors, and governors until the time appointed of the father.”

We don’t know how long they were under tutors as I’m sure the times were different. But they had to stay under the tutor until the child was old enough to take on family and business responsibility, which was all set by the father. The father would say to the tutor, “You take this child of mine, and you teach and tutor until such and such an age.” So these Roman and Greek kids were under these tutors and governors until the father was satisfied that they had now reached the time of becoming full heir with the father. Now verse 3. This shows it’s only an illustration.

Galatians 4:3

“Even so we, (or in like manner) when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world;”

Now of course, I think in the pronoun “we” in verse 3, we find Paul referring to himself as a Jew. So he’s not including the Gentiles per se, but Jews who were under the Law. Remember the Gentile world was never under the Law of Moses – only the children of Israel fell into that category. Se he says in verse 3 again –

Galatians 4:3a

“Even so (just like these Roman and Greek kids were under the rule of a tutor, and the father paid very little attention to them, so in like manner, Israel) when we were children, (under the Law) were in bondage…”

Now I know I just keep hammering away at people that to live under the Law is always a bondage. It’s like Peter says in Acts Chapter 15. This is when Peter finally wakes up and realizes that Paul is right. He can now see that the Judaisers were giving Paul grief and causing him trials and tribulations by saying that apostle Paul’s Gospel was not sufficient unless his converts also became keepers of the Law, and practiced circumcision. But like I said, finally Peter wakes up and comes to the defense of Paul which had he not done before, and I think Christianity, as we know it, would have died right then and there. Now I know God is Sovereign and He could have done something else, but as we understand the unfolding here, had it not been for Peter finally coming to his senses and defending the fact that Gentiles could be saved without coming under the Law of Moses, Christianity would have never survived. Now look what Peter says –

Acts 15:10

“Now therefore (since Gentiles are not under the Law of Moses) why tempt (or test) ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, (or believers) which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?”

Remember the Law had demands on the human race that were almost impossible to keep and the reason being that God had to show mankind that there was no way they could measure up to His standard of Holiness and Righteousness. So the Law then became a yoke which neither the forefathers back in Old Testament days nor the Jews of Peter’s day were able to bear. Now then when you come back to Galatians we’re going to see before we go too far in Chapter 4 that Paul also refers to them as almost the same kind of thing, they were beggarly. They begged to be something better than they were. The Law could not do anything to bring a person out of his sin. All the commandments could do was convince him of his sin as we’ve pointed out so often all the way back to Romans Chapter 3. All right so looking at verse 3 again.

Galatians 4:3

“Even so we, (speaking as a Jew) when we were children, (when the Jews were still in the Old Testament economy) were in bondage under the elements of the world:”(system)

Now you’ve got to remember that Israel as a nation, when they came out of Egypt and had been surrounded with all of that pagan culture, when God gave them the Law at Mount Sinai, God didn’t lift them out of the world. They still had to live and move, eat and sleep in the midst of all that paganism. So the whole world system was still working even though Israel was now under the Law. In other words, God didn’t suddenly transport them into a whole spiritual world all their own, and that’s why they failed so often. They failed miserably, and it was always because of their unbelief, but nevertheless they were in bondage under the elements or the workings of the world around them. And how long had they been under it? 1500 years.

Now remember Abraham was called out of Ur at approximately 2000 BC, and then 490 years later Moses led them out of the land of Egypt and God gave the Law. So you’re talking in terms of about 1500 BC from the giving of the Law to Israel until the time of Christ at what we now refer to as 0 so there were 1500 years that Israel labored under this yoke of bondage. It’s no wonder that they were in such rank unbelief and I suppose a lot of the time they just gave up as they couldn’t keep the Law anyway. And of course that’s what legalism does. Legalism I think just destroys the incentive.

Oh I’ve had people come into my class where they’ve been under some of these abject teachings and preaching, and this is what they tell me. “When I was young and I heard all that kind of preaching I thought, well what’s the use. I can’t measure up to that.” Well that’s what legalism has always done, and so even Israel, God’s Covenant people, how many times did they go into abject sin and unbelief because they just couldn’t hack it. Now verse 4, what’s the first word? “But.” You know if it weren’t for the flip side of all of this, where would we be? Well we’d be back to where they were. And so even though Israel had been 1500 years under the Law, in bondage, but then flip side appears.

All of a sudden God stepped in and changed the format. I hope my listening audience realizes that, as you come up through human history, you can see how many times God changed the format totally. Although God Himself never changed, the format was changing. I always like to go back all the way to the Garden of Eden. The Garden of Eden living was totally different than it was out of the garden. Wasn’t it? All you have to do is just stop and think. What was life like in the garden? Oh it was easy, no sin, no opposition, no weeds or thorns, it was just a beautiful lifestyle. What was it like after the garden? Just the opposite. All of a sudden now they’re confronted with all of the opposition of nature, weeds, thistles, briars, thorns, and insects and that was the curse. It was totally different, but had God changed? No, God never changes.

Then you take that economy up to the flood, and Noah and the family come off the ark, and again I like to draw the analogy, was it the same after the flood as it was before? Why heavens no. Everything was different. God’s whole economy for man was going to be set up differently. Where as before the flood there was no law and order, there was no system of worship prescribed per se. They couldn’t eat meat, and they didn’t. They ate of everything that grew naturally, but now as soon as they come out of the ark what does God tell them to do? Now you can kill and eat. Whatever lives and moves are for you to partake of. But God also at that time instituted capital punishment. For the man that kills another man he must be put to death. See that was a whole new economy, but had God changed? No, not a bit.

So then we come to the call of Abraham, and again God does something totally different without changing Himself. God says to Abraham, “I’m going to make of you a little separate race of people. I’m going to let the vast majority of mankind just go on their way, but I’m going to work through this little nation that will come through you and your wife.” So all the promises that God made to Abraham, although they took 490 years to come to fruition, there they came.

The Nation of Israel makes their appearance then God again does something totally different. What did He do? He put them under Law. Now listen, that was something totally, totally different from anything that had happened previously. God sets down these Ten Commandments, along with the priesthood and the Temple, and all of its rituals, and He tells Israel by instruction explicitly everything that they were having to do. Not only what we call in their spiritual life or in their everyday way of living, but everything was now prescribed. Everything was laid down as to what they could and couldn’t do. What they could now eat and what they couldn’t eat. Now listen that was all different.

Now then Israel lived under those circumstances up until the work of the Cross was finished. But the work of the Cross couldn’t be finished until first Christ had to be born at Bethlehem, and that’s what we have now in verse 4 after 4000 years of varying types of responsibility. All of a sudden God does something totally different and how does it begin? With the fulfillment of a promise that He made to way back in Genesis Chapter 3:15. But let’s read verse 4 before we go back and look at that.

Galatians 4:4a

“But when the fulness of the time was come,…”

That means according to God’s schedule, at the exact right day and hour and year the Messiah was born in Bethlehem. And when I look at this verse, I have to remember the time someone asked his pastor why he didn’t spend more time in the apostle Paul’s writing and less in the Four Gospels? And his answer was, “Well, if I leave the Four Gospels then I don’t have anything to say about the Christmas story.” How ridiculous can you get? This is referring to Christ’s birth in Bethlehem, but Paul doesn’t have to rehearse all the details of Joseph and Mary because that’s already been implied as it was prophesied. But now Paul brings us to the crucial point of Christ’s birth in Bethlehem. Why did it happen? Because it was in God’s timetable. It was all part and parcel of God’s plan for the ages, and at the exact right moment in time, Christ was born of a woman and became the fullness of time.

Galatians 4:4b

“God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law.”

Now let’s go all the way back to Genesis Chapter 3. We’ve looked at it many times but I also know that you can’t repeat these things often enough. We always hope that once you’ve said something that people have it, but it doesn’t work that way because that’s part of our human makeup. It takes a long time for these things to get soaked in, and we have to be reminded of them from time to time. In this verse the Lord is now dealing with the serpent, Satan, after Adam and Eve have fallen. And God comes right back, as Romans 8 makes it so plain, with hope for the race and that is the promise of a Redeemer. God is talking to Satan through the serpent here.

Genesis 3:15

“And I (God) will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; (the Christ, the Son of God) it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt (Satan) bruise his heel.” (caused the suffering that Christ had to go through)

This is the promise of the coming Redeemer. As soon as man sinned, God came right back with the remedy, and it’s the only remedy. Now coming back to Galatians Chapter 4 we see, then, in the fullness of time, right on God’s timetable the Son was born. I was just explaining to someone last night that when you watch the timing of things back in the Old Testament, God was never a day late! God was also never a day early, and I can always give examples. You take Abraham, at exactly the right time God brought him out of Ur, and set him on his path toward going into Canaan and becoming the father of the Jewish race. And exactly 430 years after is the night of the Passover in Egypt. Moses is then ready to lead Israel out of captivity.

Now we also know that there was to be a 40 year span of time from the time they left Egypt until they would finally get into the Promised Land. Which of course was 40 years to the day. Now as I was studying this some years ago I found it amazing that on the Passover night in Egypt it was the same day and the same month, but 40 years later, when they celebrated the Passover with Joshua leading them across the Jordan River into the Promised Land. God’s timing is right on. Sir Robert Anderson was one of the first to realize that from the decree to Nehemiah to go back and rebuild the city of Jerusalem as it’s recorded in Nehemiah Chapter 2. From that date until the triumphant entry or Palm Sunday is exactly 483 years as it was prophesied. God is always right on schedule. Now according to Paul then, Christ’s birth is the same way. At the exact moment in human history when the fullness of time was now fulfilled Christ was born in Bethlehem. Not an accident, but totally according to God’s program.

Now then the other part that is so amazing was that not only was the Son made of a woman, but under the Law of Moses. And I wish people would understand that. Everything concerning Christ’s first coming, the Law was in place, and we’re going to see in an allegory next month when we tape, that as Paul wrote this Book of Galatians the Temple was operating full speed ahead there in Jerusalem. The priests were performing the rites; they were bringing the animal sacrifices the whole Nation of Israel was under the Law. Now it was a degenerated religious system, totally degenerated.

Instead of now operating under the basic Ten Commandments you want to remember that Temple worship at the time of Christ was now under 613 rules and regulations which comprised the Law. And that’s what made it that much harder. Instead of 10 to keep, they had 613, that’s almost a life-long education to learn that many rules and regulations, but that was the Law under which Christ came. And not one time did He ever tell the Jews of His day to forget keeping the Law because they were under Grace. He never said that because He couldn’t. You see Israel was not yet in a place where the Law was set aside. That couldn’t happen until Christ died. The Cross was where the Law was finally crucified. The Nation of Israel at that time could see nothing but their own self-righteousness and they could brag about how they were Law-keepers.