by Harley Howard

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The Epistle of Paul To The Galatians Chapter 3:15-29
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Harley Howard

Oh Foolish Galatians! Or How the Church is Duped!

15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though
[it be] but a man’s covenant, yet [if it be]
confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.

Paul explains the promise of Abraham, which is of
salvation by faith in Christ, in terms of everyday
life that his readers could clearly understand. He
uses as his example a contract. Paul’s intent is to
show the irrevocable nature of the covenant that God
made with Abraham and also to show that it was
irrevocable because God made it without Abraham
fulfilling any conditions within the covenant. It was
given to Abraham by God through grace. The covenant
that God made with Abraham is irrevocable because God
gave it.

Paul said that a contract made between 2 parties,
though it be a human document, once agreed upon or
ratified by the parties, could not be nullified or any
additions made to what was already agreed upon.

The word, covenant, means: "to place between the 2"
This covenant was enacted by the ceremony of what was
called "cutting the covenant". This meant that animals
were cut into 2 parts along the backbone and placed in
2 rows, the rows facing each other across a space
marked off between the parties. The parties who took
the oath walked together into the space between the
parts and spoke their promises there. It was this
ceremony that God enacted with Abraham with one great
exception as we will see.

Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18(a)

1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto
Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I [am] thy
shield, [and] thy exceeding great reward.

2 And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me,
seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house
[is] this Eliezer of Damascus?

3 And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no
seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine ...

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