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Rebecca’s Well: Law vs Grace

“But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the Mother of us all” (Galatians 4:26) KJV

(1) The Galatians, not Greeks but Gauls, a barbarian people, had relapsed into serving the Mosaic Law. Under the tutelage of Paul, They had received the Abrahamic Covenant of Faith in the Promises of God. Now they were mingling law-works and grace, two systems that cannot co-exist.

(2) Justification is by faith without the law. The Believer’s life in heaven’s security is based solely on grace through faith, not legality. The gift of the Spirit is by faith.

(3) The Abrahamic Covenant is a By-Faith Covenant in the promises if God. For it is written, “Abraham believed God and it was counted unto him for righteousness. (Romans 4:3) Abraham staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strong in faith giving Glory to God; for he was fully persuaded that. God was able to perform what He had promised. “…He believed even God who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.” (Rom. 4:17)

(4) Righteousness and justification go together like peas in the pod. You can’t have one without the other.

(5) We are justified before God the Father as though we had not sinned through the blood of Jesus. On the cross, Jesus took our sins and gave us His righteousness. Therefore we have the righteousness of God by the body and blood of Jesus Christ. We have no righteousness of our own except that righteousness given to us by the blood of Jesus.

(6) Paul says to the Galatians in 4:21-“tell me, you who desire to be under the law do you hear what the law really means?”

(v.22) ”For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a bond-maid the other by a free woman.”

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(v.23) “The son born to the bond-woman was born after the flesh (human connivance and plotting) The son born to the free women was by promise.”

(v.24) “These things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from Mt. Sinai, which genderedth to bondage is Hagar.”

(Note: An allegory is a picture device i.e., movie or DVD in which each literal character is representative or symbolic of a moral or spiritual truth)

(v.25) “For this Hagar is Mt. Sinai in Arabia and is the same as the present day geographic Jerusalem which is in bondage with her children.”

(7) In this Biblical Allegory, there are two Jerusalems, notably the geographic Jerusalem near the Jordon River in Israel and the Heavenly New Jerusalem which is the Holy City from above.

(8) Hagar the bondwoman is the literal character of the allegory who points to Mt. Sinai and the Mosaic Covenant, representing condemnation, penalty, bondage, death, and the Law-Curse. Christ has borne our Law-Curse that we might receive truly the Faith-Blessing of the Abrahamic Covenant. For it is written, cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” (Gal 3:13-14) “For we are saved by grace through faith…” (Ephesians 2:8). Salvation is free. It is a free gift of God received by faith and not law-works.

(9) Jews living in the present day geographic Jerusalem in Israel, are also in bondage as Hagar and her descendants for they are still serving the Law of Moses and rejecting Jesus the Christ.

(10) Hagar’s son Ishmael (father of Islam and the Muslims) together with present-day Jews in Jerusalem, Israel, who are followers of Moses Law will exist as slaves in bondage until they accept Jesus, “the seed of the woman to whom the promise was made in the Abrahamic Covenant.” (Galatians 3:19) The Law does not add a new condition to the Abrahamic Covenant of faith.

(11) Paul explains in Galatians 3:24-25, “the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a school master.”

(12) The justified believer is a son or daughter in the family of God and not a servant under the law. For we the believers are all the faithful children of Abraham and heirs to the promises of Abraham through Jesus Christ out Lord. Amen.

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(13) Therefore we are “not under the law, but under grace.” (Roman 6:14)

(14) The Mosaic Law, however, is God’s Word of law. It is therefore just, holy and spiritual and given for our instruction in righteousness, but the law cannot save.

to be continued

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