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Galatians 3:1-14 - Justification (Galatians 3:1-14)Tim Douglass, October 21, 2018
Part of the Galatians series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
The dictionary definition of jargon includes “the language, especially the vocabulary, peculiar to a particular trade, profession, or group”. Within Christianity we have a lot of terms that we throw around that truly qualify as jargon in that they have meaning to those “in the know”, but often are confusing or unintelligible to those who haven’t learned them. Even within the Christian community many people don’t really know exactly what some of those terms mean, and that’s unfortunate, because language is the means by which we convey ideas and our understanding of the truths of God is to some measure limited by our ability to understand the language and jargon used to explain those truths. One term that shows up in this passage is “justify”, which describes a vitally important part of salvation but which is also one many people couldn’t precisely define. So we are going to take some time to define and discuss the all-important subject of justification.
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1O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? 2This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? 4Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. 5He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 6Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. 7Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 8And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. 9So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. 10For 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. 11But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 12And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. 13Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 14That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (KJV)