Sermon Prepared by James McCullen
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Proving Justification by Faith
Gal 3:6-18
6 Even so Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness. 7 Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham. 8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, {saying} "All the nations shall be blessed in you." 9 So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer. 10 For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, to perform them."   11 Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, "The righteous man shall live by faith."  12 However, the Law is not of faith; on the contrary, "He who practices them shall live by them." 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us-- for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree"-- 14 in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. 15 Brethren, I speak in terms of human relations: even though it is {only} a man's covenant, yet when it has been ratified, no one sets it aside or adds conditions to it. 16 Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, "And to seeds," as {referring} to many, but {rather} to one, "And to your seed," that is, Christ. 17 What I am saying is this: the Law, which came four hundred and thirty years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to nullify the promise. 18 For if the inheritance is based on law, it is no longer based on a promise; but God has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise. (NAS)

1. Proof from the Patriarch.

2. Proof from the Percepts.

3. Proof from the Promises.


1.    Proof from the Patriarch. V 6-9


A. An Argument that is . . Sure. v 6-7
      
    6 Even so Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness. 7 Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham

    B. An Argument that is . . Scriptural. v 8
        8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, {saying} "All the nations shall be
         blessed     in you."

    C. An Argument that is . . Shared. v 9
        9 So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer.



2.    Proof from the . . Percepts. v 10-14

    A. The Argument from the . . Curse of the Law. v 10
        10 For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of             the law, to perform them."

    B. The Argument from the . . Clarity of the Law. v 11
   
11 Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, "The righteous man shall live by faith."

    C. The Argument from the . . Contrast of the Law. v 12-13
        12 However, the Law is not of faith; on the contrary, "He who practices them shall live by them." 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us-- for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree"--

    D. The Argument from the . . Coming of the Spirit. v 14  
        14 in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.



3.    Proof from the Promises. v 15-18

    A. The . . Permanence of the Promises. v 15 
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Brethren, I speak in terms of human relations: even though it is {only} a man's covenant, yet when it has been ratified, no one sets it aside or adds
         conditions to it.

    B.    The . . Person of the Promises. v 16  
        16 Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, "And to seeds," as {referring} to many, but {rather} to one, "And to your seed," that is, Christ.

    C. The . . Position of the Promises. v 17 
        17 What I am saying is this: the Law, which came four hundred and thirty years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to nullify the promise.

    D. The . . Privilege of the Promises. v 18  
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8 For if the inheritance is based on law, it is no longer based on a promise; but God has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise. (NAS)

            1. A Privilege to have the Inheritance 

 Illustration 
The story is told of a lighthouse keeper who worked on a rocky stretch of coastline and who received his new supply of oil once a month to keep the light burning. Not being far from shore, he had frequent guests. One night a woman from the village begged some oil to keep her family warm. Another time a father asked for some to use in his lamp. Another needed some to lubricate a wheel. Since all the requests seemed legitimate, the lighthouse keeper tried to please everyone and granted them all.

Toward the end of the month he noticed that the supply of oil was very low. Soon, it was gone, and the beacon light went out. That night several ships were wrecked and lives were lost.

When the authorities investigated, the man was very repentant. To his excuses and pleading their reply was: "You were given the oil for one purpose -- to keep that light burning!"

 
   
Proving Justification by Faith

1.    Proof from the Patriarch. V 6-9  

2.    Proof from the . . Percepts. v 10-14

3.    Proof from the Promises. v 15-18