The Epistle of Paul to the Galatians

A verse by verse Commentary

by

J.W.Weeda

 

Introduction:

The apostle Paul wrote this epistle to the believers in the churches of Galatia. Galatia. Where was Galatia? In the middle and eastpart to the north now in Turkey, situated between Cappadocia and Asia.  The epistle of the apostle Paul to the Galatian is a epistle to the believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. The epistle contains 6 chapters and was written in the Koine-Greek language. The epistle is about 50 years after Christ written. What very important is that the meeting in Jerusalem between Paul and the 12 apostles elaborately explained is in Chapter 2. This meeting was about to hold fast on the Jewish laws or not. Probably the epistle is written from Antioch Syria. 

Who were the believers in Galatia, the churches of Galatia? They were originally Gallo Greeks. The apostle Paul introduces the Gospel of the Grace of God and meet all those believers when he visits them. After the apostle's  depature there came Jewish of Judea, Jewish and Proselytes and told the believers that they had to circumcised themselves because they believed otherwise you couldn't to come to God without this very important ritual. This brought the believers in Galatia in confusion because they had learned from the apostle Paul that a person is saved by Grace alone, by Faith alone and in Christ alone without works. You have to do nothing only believing in the finished Work of God in Christ to be saved. So they believed as reaction the Jewish people more than they trusted in Gods Grace. Because of that they fell from Gods Grace and the Gospel of the Grace of God. In Galatians 3 verse 1 and 2 we read: O 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? This only would I learn from you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 

The Theme of the epistle

In a few words to say Grace versus Law. 

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Galatians 1 verse 1

Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead;)

Verse 1: This epistle is written of the apostle Paul to the believers in Galatia. Paul was and is an apostle. What does that word apostle? Answer: the word apostle comes from the Greek word Apostolos what litterally means  one who is send with a message, with good news, Gospel of God. The fact is that God chose His apostles. He chose the 12 apostle for Israel and He chose the one apostle Paul for the Gentiles. Paul was called not of men, neither by man but by Jesus Christ on the road near Damascus. Paul was called from our Lord Jesus Christ from heaven. We read in Acts 9 verse 3-15 the calling of the apostle Paul (read this carefully as reader!) The Lord Jesus Christ revealed to him the Gospel of the Grace of God and this Gospel is for this world. He, Paul had to bring this news to the Gentiles, Kings and the children of Israel Acts 9 verse 15.  In Acts 26 verse 16 we read: But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee" God called Paul through our Lord Jesus Christ on the way near Damascus and saved him through His Grace, by Faith and in Christ alone for a pattern  to them which should hereafter believe on Him to life everlasting. 

Let us read I Timothy 1:12-16: And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;  Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.  And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.  This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.  Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.

The last half of this verse is that God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ raised His Son from the dead. In Acts 13 verse 37-39 we read: But He, whom God raised again, saw no corruption. Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. Dear reader: Here we read some remarkable thing: God had His Son Jesus Christ raised from the dead. He when He was dead 3 days and 3 nights saw no corruption. Why not? The answer we can read in 2 Corinthians 5 verse 21: For he hath made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. He was and is without sin. He only is the perfect One, our Savior! In Romans 6 verse 9 and 10 we readKnowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over Him. For in that He died, He died unto sin once: but in that He liveth, He liveth unto God. Christ hath brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel. II Timotheus 1:10

Galatians 1 verse 2

And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia:

Verse 2: All the brethren who were with Paul greet the churches of Galatia. Who were these brethren? Probably Luke who was always with Paul and others and maybe Barnabas but we don't be sure of this. There were brothers with Paul and they with Paul greet the churches of Galatia is a fact. In English originally stands assemblies. Assembly comes from the word ecclesia which means also congregation.  A meeting of people, believers in Christ who come together. This was in Antioch Syria and this was on more places and also on places in Galatia like Iconium, Derbe and Lystra, Antioch Pisidie. These believers the apostle Paul is adressing had heard and believed the Gospel of the Grace of God Romans 16:25-26. Through false Jewish teachers they were misled and they went back to the Law of Moses and the laws of men instead of holding on, stand fast for the Gospel of the Grace of God. 

Galatians 1 verse 3

Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,

Verse 3: The apostle Paul begins all his epistels with these words above Grace and peace from God the Father and from our Lord Jesus Christ. Read Romans 1: 7, I Corinthians 1:3, II Corinthians 1:2, Ephesians 1:2, Philippians 1:2, Colossians 1:2, I Thessalonians 1:1, II Thessalonians 1:2, I Timothy 1:2, II Timothy 1:2, Titus 1:2. It is as a mark for all the epistles. Grace and peace comes from God and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Not of men because men cannot give Grace and peace because of sin. This world cannot give us Grace and peace because this world know not what it is. Through our Lord Jesus Christ we have peace with God Romans 5:1. He gives Grace and peace and that for nothing! It is only to accept this, to believe this, nothing more!!!

Galatians 1 verse 4

Who gave Himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this

present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father

Verse 4: Our Lord Jesus Christ gave Himself for our sins. He died on that cross on Calvary to pay the price for us, to pay for our sins, for our guilt. Read I Corinthians 15 verse 3 and 4!  We, men,  deserved the punishment. In II Corinthians 5 verse 21 we read For He hath made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.  In Romans 11 verse 32 we read: For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that He might have mercy upon all" What a wonderful God we have that He paid the price for our sins in Christ with this purpose that He might deliver us from this present evil world. In Colossians 1 vese 13 we read: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the Kingdom of His dear Son" According to the will of God and our Father. 

Galatians 1 verse 5

To Whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Verse 5: In Ephesians 3 verse 21 we read: Unto Him be glory in the Church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.  God is this honor due. It is His Grace through the Lord Jesus Christ given to us.  Praise God for this every day my brothers and sisters. What a wonderful God Who loves us. He deserves all the glory for ever and ever. In the practice He must be on the first place in our lives my dear brothers and sisters. Let us read Galatians 2 verse 20: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live: yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the fiath of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me"  This has nothing to do with religion my dear brothers and sisters!! Because in religion you as person has to do something to be good and to reach something you never will reach!!  In Galatians 2 verse 20 we read about our position in Him and how the life now is in Him!!!

Galatians 1 verse 6

 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the Grace of Christ unto another Gospel:

Verse 6: The believers of the churches at Galatia heard the Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24, 32 and believed this. What was the problem? As soon as Paul was away they let themselves to another Gospel. They removed from him that called them in the Grace of God. They left the Gospel of Grace and believed a different Gospel" They returned to the Gospel which was preached before the Gospel of Grace and turned to the Law of Moses and to the Law of men. Creepy false brothers probably from Judea, Jewish men told them that they had to be circumcised as the Law said. These people told them probably that the Gospel of the Grace of God was a lie and that they had to believe in the Law of Moses. So they listened to these false teachers and turned to the Law. They left the Gospel of the Grace of God Romans 16:25 and 26. That's why the apostle Paul send this epistle to all the believers in Galatia. In Galatians 3 verses 1 and 2 we read the following: O 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? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Paul marveled that they left the Gospel of the Grace of God and turned to another Gospel which is no Gospel. They became religious people and this you see still in this world and also in the so named Christian world. Not the circumcision is the bottleneck but waterbaptism (children's and grown up waterbaptism) and other works confession of faith in the Reformed churches. Most of the people in the so named Christian world don't know about the Gospel of the Grace of God and rightly dividing the Word of truth 2 Timothy 2:15. Most people believe the lie through false doctrines, doctrines of men. So I admonish you brother and sister if you don't know it: learn the truth, the Gospel of Gods Grace  Acts 20:24, Romans 16:25-26 which was committed first to the apostle Paul and this is the Gospel for today. Through this Gospel you were saved because you are saved by Grace alone, by faith alone and in Christ alone Read Ephesians 2:8-9!

Galatians 1 verse 7

Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

Verse 7: The apostle Paul convicted here in this verse that there is no other Gospel under this Dispensation of the Grace of God except the Gospel of the Grace of God which he proclaimed to this world. Still today there is no other Gospel my dear brothers and sisters! The Galatian believers were troubled by men who told them false things what was contrary the Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24, Colossians 1:5-6. We are saved by this Gospel. Through this Gospel of Grace we know what exactly God in Christ had done for us and we know our position in Christ, we know the glory of the cross, we know about our heavenly hope and more. The believers at Galatia were misled by false teachers, they troubled them and would pervert the Gospel of Christ which is another word for the Gospel of the Grace of God! What does the word pervert here means? Pervert from the Greek word metastrepho which means to turn across, transmute is change corrupt. So they corrupted the Gospel of Christ. In Acts 15 verse 1 we read:  And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved. Nowadays satan is busy through modern Theology, a social Gospel and religion to hinder the Gospel of the Grace of God. Also through translatians of the Bible here in the Netherlands the last 40 years. It is nowadays not the circumcision as it was in Paul's day but more waterbaptism as good witness, gifts of the spirit, healings and a lot of rules of men, secularization to stop people to know the truth. Here is the answer my dear brothers and sister: there is no other Gospel than the Gospel of the Grace of God! 

Galatians 1 verse 8

But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto

you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

Verse 8: These words are hard words of the apostle Paul to the believers in Galatia and also we inclusive. The professional church in this world know a lot of ceremonies, rituals according the law of Moses or other laws. In some churches the 10 commandments are named every Sunday and further on they proclaim a mixed Gospel of social Gospel, Law, Grace. Also the sermon on the Mount of our Lord when He was on earth is one of the favorites. In the so named Christian world is it more the question what can I do. It is more I directed instead what has God in Christ done for you, us! People have itching ears now and this phenomen grows in the world. Through all the translations for example here in the Netherlands the last 30 years the truth is a lot replaced by lies and it is now more difficult for people to come to believe than it was 40 years ago. People in general have lost their way to God. It boils down that the Gospel which the apostle Paul proclaimed or made known what you can read in all his Epistles is the Gospel through which you can be saved. There is no other Gospel he said and if any man or an angel preach a another Gospel than he is accursed. There is no blessing in another Gospel. Without the Gospel of Grace there is no spiritual grow and you will not be build up. This leads to chaos and this you see in the so named Christian world. 

Galatians 1 verse 9

As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

Verse 9: This verse is a continuation of  verse 8. Again the apostle Paul repeats what he had said in verse 8 before. The believers in Galatia had to be well penetrated that if they continued in the false doctrine, another Gospel there was no blessing. No blessing in their lives. Dear brothers and sisters this is very serious. It makes us tremble at these words! Satan who is behind false doctrines, lies, comes with this and in II Corinthians 11:13-15 we read about this. With his lies it is not that Gods righteousness is right in Christ. He speaks about own justice. With his lies it is that men is central, the I is very important instead to give all the honor to God. Brothers and sisters on another Gospel rest no blessing! If you believe another Gospel it is no Gospel but a lie from satan who wants you to believe that. A call to you all is to leave the lied from satan and learn the Gospel of the Grace of God which is the truth Colossians 1: 5 and 6 and builds you up Acts 20:32. Otherwise you will not to be build up in your spiritual life and stays a baby in believing instead to grow in the spiritual life through the Gospel of Grace. If you begin to learn this Gospel the chaos in your life will disappear!!

Galatians 1 verse 10

For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men?

for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

Verse 10: The apostle Paul preached God and His love through our Lord Jesus Christ and he never persuade men but God. In I Thessalonians 2 verse 4 we read: But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts. He, Paul, preached the resurrected Christ and was not pleasing men but God. He said if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. He didn't seek compromises with people because the Gospel of the Grace of God he received directly from our Lord from heaven through revelations!!! If he made compromises with men or persuade, or pleased men he wasn't a servant of Christ. It was in the power of God not in the power of Paul himself. Read I Corinthians 1:17 and 2: 1-5. We as members of the Body of Christ, the Church have to follow Paul. We have to do the same as he did and not to please men and to preach or made known what they want to hear. We as brothers and sisters if we know the truth we have to stand for this and be a servant like Paul of Christ. 

Galatians 1 verse 11

But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.

Verse 11: The Gospel of Grace which Paul preached Acts 20 verse 24, this Good News from the cross, was not after men. He never received this Good News from men, not of the 12 apostles! No man told him this Gospel of Grace and the glory of the cross. The apostle Paul received this Gospel through revelations from our resurrected Jesus Christ from heaven. Ephesians 3 verse 3: How that by revelation He made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words. Another verse to prove this we find in Acts 22 verse 17-21:  And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance;  And saw him saying unto me, Make haste, and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me.  And I said, Lord, they know that I imprisoned and beat in every synagogue them that believed on thee:  And when the blood of thy martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by, and consenting unto his death, and kept the raiment of them that slew him. And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles.

And in Acts 26 verse 16 and 17 we read the following verses: But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee. 

This is very clear my dear brothers and sisters: in those things in the which I will appear unto thee! So directly the apostle Paul got the message through revelations from our risen Lord. 

Galatians 1 verse 12

For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Verse 12: Paul never received the Gospel of the Grace of God the Mystery from man, neither any man taught him this. Only he received it from Jesus Christ from heaven directly!! See the verses in  verse 11 above!! It was not made known unto men. God kept it secret and through revelations (He appeared many times to Paul) He made everything of the Mystery known and Paul wrote it down in all his epistles. 

Galatians 1 verse 13

For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion,

how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:

Verse 13 Before his conversion Paul, at that moment Saul of Tarsus, walked a dead end. He knew nothing about the Lord Jesus Christ. Beyond measure he persecuted the Jerusalem Church of God. He was a murderer. He was the bitterest enemy of God.  In Acts 8 verse 3 we read : As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison. And in Acts 9 verse 1 and 2 we read:  And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,  And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. Paul says in I Timothy 1 verse 13: Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. He wasted the Jerusalem church! What does that mean? He made that church weaker because a lot of members were in prison and murdered. 

Galatians 1 verse 14

And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation,

being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.

Verse 14: Paul obtain an advantage or benefit in the Jewish religion (Pharisee) above many equals of his life in his own nation, the Jewish nation. In Acts 22 verse 3 and 4 we readI am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day. And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.

Paul before his conversion was a zealot but not intelligently. In Philippians 3 verse 5 and 6 we read: Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:

 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;  Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. Paul, in that time Saul was a learned man. His teacher was Gamaliel in Jerusalem. Paul knew the laws very well, he was a Pharisee according the law of Moses. He thought in that day that he had to fight against the Lord Jesus Christ because they said, the leaders of the folk that the Lord Jesus was a Liar and that He wasn't resurrected so His followers must be killed. Paul the bitterest enemy of God on earth and the biggest murderer on earth went to the High Priest to get a authorization to bind all the believers in the foreign cities and bring them to Jerusalem and to kill them

Galatians 1 verse 15

But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by His Grace,

Verse 15: It pleased God to separate Paul from his mother's womb on through His Grace. On the way nearby Damascus Syria Saul of Tarsus or Paul was called by our risen Lord Jesus Christ from heaven and God chose His bitterest enemy on earth to through him His Gospel of Grace to make known to men! In Acts 9 verses 3-6 we read: And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?  And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.  And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.  The plan of God, His Disensation of Grace was before the world began known by God alone and on His time with the conversion of the apostle Paul made known to His greatest enemy on earth and from origine a Jew and a Roman man. He was the first man in the Body of Christ who was Jew and Gentile from origine. Very unigue and also our prototype!! In Acts 26 verse 16 we read:  But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;

And in Galatians 2 verse 2 we read: And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.

Galatians 1 verse 16

To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:

Verse 16: God has through the apostle Paul His Son Jesus Christ revealed or made known to this world and the Good News His Grace and the Gospel of the Grace Acts 20:24. This was allowed by the Apostle Paul to made known to the Gentiles (not Jews), Jews and the Kings. From a enemy Saul of Tarsus was made a servant and a apostle of Jesus Christ. Ephesians 3 verse 8: Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ  Paul is the apostle of the Gentiles Romans 11:13 (read this verse for yourself). He is not one of the 12 apostles because he didn't know the Lord on earth and he knew only the Lord from heaven Who spoke to him the first time near Damascus and called him by His Grace. Immediately he said I conferred not with flesh and blood. What does that mean? In Acts 9 verse 5 and 6 we read: And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.  And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.  Oh my dear brothers and sisters if we have more that attitude to ask God our Father: Lord what wilt thou have me to do? Not my will but what Thou whilst. This was Paul's attitude on that moment. He followed the instructions immediately and went to the city of Damascus. In the next verse 17 of this Chapter he said this: Neither went i up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me: but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus. 

Galatians 1 verse 17

Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me;

but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.

Verse 17: The apostle Paul after his conversion nearby Damascus went not back to Jerusalem and to the 12 apostles who were still there in Jerusalem. Instead to go first to Jerusalem he went to Arabia and after that he returned back in Damascus. The Bible doesn't say us how long he had been in Arabia. Probably it was a time of reflection, revelations from God and to learn a lot of God's Gospel of Grace. Immediately the apostle Paul preached Christ in the synagogues of Damascus. The Jewish people in the city wanted to kill him but their laying await was known of Paul . In verse 25 of Acts 9 we read: Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket. So Paul escaped out of their wicked hands! 

Galatians 1 verse 18

Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.

Verse 18: After 3 years the apostle Paul was again in Jerusalem and visit only Peter and that for 15 days, a very short period. In Acts 9 verses 26-30 we read: And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple.  But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.  And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem.  And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him.  Which when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus. This was the first time Paul visit Jerusalem after his conversion and this we read here in Galatians 1:18. The disciples were afraid of Paul and they couldn't believe that he was now a believer in Christ and a apostle. He was the leader of the persecution there in Jerusalem so you can imagine their fear of him. It became dangerous of Paul because people wanted to kill or slay him. So they brethren of Paul brought him down to Caesarea and sent him forth to Tarsus. Paul stayed a long time in Tarsus and Acts 11 verse 25 we read that Barnabas was searching in Tarsus to find Paul and when he found him he brought him to Antioch Syria. 

Galatians 1 verse 19

But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother.

Verse 19: During the first visit after Paul's conversion the apostle Paul was 15 days with Peter. Peter was the leader of the 12 apostles. He was the representive man of the 12. Paul saw him and only James, the Lord's brother. This was not James, one of the twelve apostles because that James had died. This was the James who wrote the book of James which he wrote to the believing Jews. See James 1 verse 1. He was the halfbrother of our Lord Jesus Christ. In Matthew 12 verse 46-50 we read the followingWhile he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.  Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.  But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?  And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!  For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. On that moment our Lord was speaking his brothers didn't believe in Him and did not the will of God the Father. Later James came to believe and he proclaimed God's Word to the Jews and was together with Peter and John in the meeting of Jerusalem where Paul and Barnabas were also. James was later als named a apostle. A apostle in the second place. 

Galatians 1 verse 20

 Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not.

Verse 20: What the apostle Paul wrote wasn't a lie. God was Paul's Witness. God knew that the apostle Paul say not a lie.  If everything the apostle Paul wrote was a lie than God was a Liar because all the words in his epistles are the Words of God and God inspired. Everything Paul wrote to the Galatian believers in Christ was true. God's Word is the Truth. More verses to let you see that Paul is not a liar because God is His Witness you can found in Romans 1 verse 9, 9 verse 1, II Corinthians 1: 23 and 11:31, I Thessalonians 2 verse 5, I Timotheus 5:21 and 2 Timotheus 4 verse 1.  Read all these verses my brothers and sisters! 

Galatians 1 verse 21

Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia;

Verse 21: Paul had to flee from Jerusalem and people send him back to Tarsen in Cilicia. Paul stayed there a long time and In Acts 11 verse 22-26 we readThen tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch.  Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.  For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.  Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:  And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. 

Galatians 1 verse 22

And was unknown by face unto the churches of Judaea which were in Christ:

Verse 22: In the churches of Judea, the people which were in Christ there the apostle Paul was unknown. They didn't know him and didn't know about the Gospel of the Grace of God which he preached. This is remarkable and they didn't recognized him. They didn't know that he was before his conversion a blashemer, the greatest persecutor of the church at Jerusalem. Maybe it was to long ago and these people hadn't seen him in the past. 

Galatians 1 verse 23

But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past

now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed

Verse 23: The believers in Judea didn't know Paul and on the moment he visited them they became to know that Paul in the past persecuted the churches in Judea and now preacheth the faith which he once destroyed. They never saw him before. Now they heard him speaking about the believe in Christ, God's Gospel of Grace, the Mystery which he preached to them: Christ and Him crucified for the world which was and still is lost. 

Galatians 1 verse 24
And they glorified God in me.

Verse 24: The believers there in Judea began to glorify God in Paul. They were very enthousiatic and happy with the Word of Grace which Paul brought to them. Yes the Gospel of the Grace of God my dear brothers and sisters if you and me understand it gives a lot of joy and you can thank our Father in heaven everyday for this. Through this Gospel of Grace everyone of us is saved by Grace alone, by Faith alone and in Christ alone. Thank you Lord for this and also for the apostle Paul You used to made known the whole Mystery , this Gospel of Grace through his epistles.

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Galatians 2 verse 1

Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also.

Introduction: This chapter describes what happened in Acts 15. These chapters go together! It is the meeting in Jerusalem between Paul, Barnabas and Peter, James and John on the other side. We see Paul took also Titus with him and Barnabas to Jerusalem. Peter, John and James were there to represent the apostles of the Jerusalem church. James was the half brother of the Lord Jesus Christ. Peter and John were originally 2 of the 12 apostles who were chosen by our Lord when He was on earth. 

Verse 1: Paul went together with Barnabas to Jeruslame and took also Titus with them. In Acts 4 verses 36 and 37 we read for the first time about Barnabas: And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,  Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet.  Barnabas was a Jew and a Levite and he came from Cyprus. He did precisely what God asked to do: having land, sold it and brought all the money and laid ti at the apostles feet. This was according the Gospel of the Kingdom. In Acts 9 verse 26 and  27 we read: And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. And in Acts 11 verse 25 and 26 when Paul was a long time in birthplace Tarsus we read again about Barnabas: Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:

And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. Barnabas became a fellow brother and a companion of Paul. In Acts 14 verse 4 we read: Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out. So Paul and Barnabas and Titus went to Jerusalem to talk with Peter, John and James about the question to be circumcised or not. Who was Titus? He was a Greek man, a Gentile and we read in verse 3 of this chapter what he did. Later Titus became the first bishop of Crete (see the epistle to Titus). Titus was the son in the faith of Paul. He was a fellow brother and also a companion. He became capable to be a overseer, a pastor, a teacher of God's Word. 

Galatians 2 verse 2

And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.

Verse 2: Paul, Barnabas and Titus went to Jerusalem to talk about the circumcision and Paul went up by revelation. He had received from the risen Lord Jesus Christ a new revelation according the Mystery. In Acts 26 verse 16 we read: But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee. The apostle Paul got more revelations of the Lord Jesus Christ from heaven. The Mystery was not in one time revealed or made known to Paul. It went progresively! So when he went to Jerusalem to talk to the apostles in the meeting there he had received yet a new revelation. He communicated to them about the Gospel which he preached among the Gentiles. Which Gospel Paul is talking here? The Gospel of Gods Grace Acts 20:24, Romans 16:25-26 which was committed to him. Paul, Barnabas and Titus met the ones who were of reputation. Who were these men? These were the apostles Peter, John and James, the half brother of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the second place a apostle. What does lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain? If he Paul could not tell the leaders of the church, the apostles before him, that God had stopped His plan with Israel and had begun a new plan and revealed the Mystery to him progressively and a New Dispensation he had run in vain. Everything was for nothing because this was the purpose. Read Ephesians 3 verse 1-3. In Romand 11 verse 13 the apostle Paul write it very clear what he is:   For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office. If Peter, John and James, the leaders, the ones of reputation should accept the fact that Paul was the apostle of the Gentiles and that God had a new plan, the Mystery,  with the world through the fall of Israel Romans 11: 11, 25 other Jews individually  in Jerusalem should also accept this and believe this. 

Galatians 2 verse 3

But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised:

Verse 3: The theme of the meeting at Jerusalem was circumcision and the question to be circumcised or not? In Acts 15 verses 3 -6 we read: And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren.  And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them.  But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.

After this said there was a dispute under the people and Peter stood up and told all the people in the meeting that God first chose him to proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom and that the Gentiles would hear. He, Peter,  acknowlegded that there is no distinction between Jew and Gentile. Acts 15 verse 7-11. We see here in this verse that Titus who was a Greek, a Gentile did not let himself to be circumcised. It was not necessary anymore. Read for yourself Colossians 2 verse 11 my brothers and sisters because you find here the answer for this. 

Galatians 2 verse 4

And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:

Verse 4: Who were these false brethren? In Acts 15 verse 24 we read : Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment  This said James, the half brother of our Lord Jesus Christ at the meeting. This saying was later also in a letter written to the brothers and sisters in Antioch. These were false brethren from the Jews and told the people in Antioch to be circumcised and to keep the Law of Moses. The apostles never gave such commands to them. In verse 19 of Acts 15 we read: Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God. From this I conclude that the apostles with James recognized that there have been a change taken place and that the Gentiles never to have oneself circumcised even as someone told them to do that. They, those false brethren tried to bring Paul and the others who were with him like Barnabas and Titus under bondage (law of Moses or their own laws) 

Galatians 2 verse 5

To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour;

that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.

Verse 5: The apostle Paul and his fellowbrothers who fought together for the Gospel of the Grace of God gave not place by subjection, not for an hour. They obeyed God and stood for the truth, this Gospel of the Grace of God Romans 16:25-26. In this they were a example of steadfastness. This was for other believers in Galatia in that time and also for us believers to do the same and follow their example in our lives. The truth have a lot of influence on other believers and also in us. The believers in Galatia left the truth and went back to the Law of Moses and Laws of men. This you see also back in the Professional church here on earth. She is so departed from the truth which first made known to Paul. What is preached is a mix of the four Gospels, Old Testament, Social Gospel and a little bit of Grace. It is a pity my dear brothers and sisters. People are blind and this is exactly what our adversary does under this Dispensation of Grace Ephesians 3:1-3, to keep people off from the truth Colossians 1:5-6! Reader, brother or sister: if you don't know the Gospel of the Grace of God learn this wonderful message for today now!!  Read Galatians 1 verse 6-9. Upon other messages rest no blessing, only a curse!!

Galatians 2 verse 6

But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man's person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me:

Verse 6: These who seemed to be somewhat. Who are these? If you read in the context you see that were the apostles that were left in Jerusalem of the 12! Peter and John and James were their leaders but what they were it maketh no matter to the apostle Paul. They were neither more nor less. The apostle Paul was not one of them.  God accepteth no mans's person. In Romans 2 verse 11 we read: For there is no respect of persons with God. Everyone is right in God's eyes. These men had nothing added to Paul. What doest that mean? He didn't learn from them nothing regarding the Gospel of the Grace of God which the apostle Paul through revelations from the risen Lord Jesus Christ had learned and to proclaim. They brought no new things but the apostle Paul proclaimed to them new things namely the Gospel of the Grace of God which he preached under the Gentiles Acts 20:24. 

Galatians 2 verse 7

But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision

was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;

Verse 7: The apostles Peter, John and James saw the Gospel which the apostle Paul was committed to proclaim namely the Gospel of the Uncircumcision. The Gospel of the circumcision was committed unto Peter. Paul had received this Gospel of the uncircumcision directly from the Lord Jesus Christ in heaven while Peter had received the Gospel of the circumcision of our Lord Jesus Christ when He was on earth.  Peter was the leader of the twelve apostles but on the meeting not all of them were alive. The apostle James for example was killed under King Herod. The Gospel of the circumcision: Abraham was given the circumcision as a sign to be able to distinguish from others in the world. Israel was the seed of Abraham in this: the circumcised.  We read Acts 3 vers 25 and 26Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. Israel would be the blessing channel for the world.  Acts 3 verses 19-21:Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. This is what Israel had to do but the leaders refused the King and the Kingdom Romans 11:11 and 25. 

Galatians 2 verse 8

For He that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision,

the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)

Verse 8: Remarkable here: God effectually wrought, worked, in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision. He was the leader of the 12 apostles. In Acts 2 verse 14-38 we read what Peter said to the Jews on the day of Pentecost. In Acts 15 verses 7-12 we read on the meeting of Jerusalem: And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.  And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;  And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.  Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?  But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

In Matthew 16 verses 17-19 we can read about Peter how he received his apostleship from the Lord Jesus Christ on earth. Let us read: And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.  And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

God worked, wrought through Peter with His Word mighty to the Jews, the circumcised people and He wrought also through Paul mighty toward the Gentiles, the uncircumcised people. Read for yourselves Acts 9 verse 15, Acts 13 verse 2 and Acts 22 verse 21!  In 2 Timothy 1 verse 11 we read: Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.

Galatians 2 verse 9

 And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.

Verse 9: James, Peter and John who were the pillars of the church of Jerusalem, the Jewish church of believers, circumcised people, recognized the Grace which was given to Paul they gave Paul and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship. Remarkable that Paul mentioned first James, the half brother from our Lord Jesus Christ.

In Acts 15 verse 13 we read:  And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me. James was not a apostle in the first place.  Despite this he took the authority to speak and that people had to listen to him. He took the place over of Peter who was first the leader of the 12 apostles. These men: James, Peter and John saw and recognized that God had a new Dispensation and that Paul was given the Gospel of the Grace of God. They agreed that Paul had a different Gospel and that he was the apostle to the Gentiles Romans 11:13. They acknowledged this and gave Paul and Barnabas the right hand. They made a appointment with each other: Paul and Barnabas should go to the Gentiles as the apostles for the Gentiles as God had ordained them for this and they James, Peter and John should only go to the Jews as the apostles of the Jews, the circumcised. They shouldn't go to the Gentiles. After this the Gospel of the Kingdom became less in the Acts period while the Gospel of the Grace of God became more and more. God's plan with Israel, the Prophecy for a time set aside and the Mystery became a fact and the Dispensation of Gods Grace. We still my dear brothers and sisters live under this Dispensation! Ephesians 3 verse 1-3. 

Galatians 2 verse 10

Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.

Verse 10: With the agreement these men had was one thing very important: They agreed that the apostle Paul should remember the poor. Which poor people he had to remember? The poor in Jerusalem, the saints there. Because of changing from Prophecy to Mystery people there became poor. Paul never forgot this. He collected goods and admonished a lot of fellow saints to do the same like the Corinthian believers but they didn't do it. The only people who did this were the saints at Philippi. They gave goods to Paul to the church at Jerusalem. Different times Paul went to Jerusalem and brought things to the saints there. So it was not only remembering but also action. In this Paul is a example for us to follow. Read Acts 24 verse 17 and I Corinthians 16 verses 1-3.

Galaten 2 verse 11
But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.

Verse 11: Peter arrived in Antioch Syria and this was after the meeting in Jerusalem and before the separation of Paul and Barnabas. Peter comes in the problems. Jerusalem was the headquarter of te church at Jerusalem, the Jewish church while Antioch Syria the headquarter had of the Gentiles who believed. The Gospel of the Grace of God was preached there in Antioch. Paul withstood him to the face because Peter was to be blamed. He he ate with the heathen and when James and his disciples arrived in Antioch Peter became afraid and departed from those Gentiles and pretended that he never had eaten with the Gentiles. In Acts 11 verse 3 we read: And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him,  Saying, Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised, and didst eat with them. Peter later explained in verse 12 why he did this and in Acts 11:18 we read When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life. Here in Antioch when Peter was there he was to be blame. Peter was afraid that again they should ask him why he had done this and that this was wrong for a Jew to ate with Gentiles. He had not to stop eating with the Gentiles. Peter became hypocrite in this.

Galatians 2 verse 12

For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision.

Verse 12: To withdrew and separate himself from the Gentiles and fearing those who were of the circumcision like Jews, disciples of James that was hypocrysie. Peter was ashamed of himself that he did this and very strong he felt the fear in him.  Oh they would see him with the Gentiles that would be a shame! This was not upright walking according the Gospel of the Grace of God which Paul preached and this is what Paul said later to Peter. 

Galatians 2 verse 13

 And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him;

insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation.

Verse 13: It was not only Peter who was hypocryte, also others with him did the same and that were Jews. Even Barnabas was carried away with their dissimulation is what we see here in this verse. Dissimulation is hypokrisis, hypocryte. It look very holy but it is far from it. This attitude is not honest. They pretend better but the reality is not so. This is not good walking and Barnabas should have known it because he knew the Gospel of the Grace of God through Paul. Only in that time not everything was known about this wonderful Gospel. Maybe this was also a reason that Paul and Barnabas later separate from each other. In I Corinthians 4 verse 1 and 2 we read: Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. If we stand for the truth the Gospel of the Grace of God and we made it known we have to take this very seriousWe as believers now in the Body of Christ are not better than Peter and sometimes we are also hypocryte like he did. We can also fall like Peter so this is also for our learning my dear brothers and sisters! 

Galatians 2 verse 14

But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?

Verse 14: The apostle Paul saw that Peter and other Jews and even Barnabas walked not uprightly according to the truth of the Gospel he began to tell Peter honestly in front of all the others: If thou being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as dod the Jews, why are you asking Gentiles to live how the Jews live. This was a hypocryte attitude. This is a very beautiful example to follow. If you have something against your brother say it directly and with the Word of God. This is exactly what Paul did and Paul was not afraid to say it. 

Galatians 2 verse 15

We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles

Verse 15: The apostle Paul said here and that he told also to Peter that He and Peter were Jews originally and not sinner of the Gentiles. The Gentiles by nature as long as God was busy with the folk Israel had nothing with God Ephesians 2 verse 11-12Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world. Paul exactly said here that a man cannot be justified by the law, but that even his or her faith is but the response ande complement to faith of Christ Who made the sinner's justification possible. We find that also in the next verse, verse 16. 

Galatians 2 verse 16

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. 

Verse 16: A man is not justified by the works of the law. Romans 3 verse 19 and 20 tell us the following:

Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.  

Dear brothers and sisters, readers, the law of Moses or given to Moses from God cannot save man. Through the law is the knowledge of sin. The law is good. We read in Romans 7 verse 14-16: For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.  The Law is good and righteous but we are from nature not good and unrighteous and sold under sin. That's why the law cannot save men. What did God? He send His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to this world to save men from sin. He died on the cross for our sins and paid with His own life for us and for the whole world. He absolute rigtheous, without guilt, without sin for unrighteous men, with guilt and with sin. This He did for us because He loved us Romans 5 verse 8. In Galatians 3 verse 19-26 we read: Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.  Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.  But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.  But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.  Wherefore 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 schoolmaster.  For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 

Also Romans 10 verse 4 tells us that Christ is the end of the law: For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. Righteousness is to make right for God. We have no guilt anymore before our living God my dear brothers and sisters. All our sins and guilt is forgiven through the blood what has bled on Calvary on that cross! Believe this like in the 15 th Century Maarten Luthter discovered and believed it. Dear brothers ans sisters: trust not on your so named good works or rules or rules from people. Trust in the finished work on the cross through our Lord Jesus Christ!!!

Galatians 2 verse 17

But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also

are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.

Verse 17: Now we as believers search in Christ to be justified and we are sinners the apostle Paul said. This is true. Now the question is Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. Be far of it!!! Absolutely not. Christ is not the minister of sin! Christ is God Himself and Man. He righteous, without sin and that's how He could die for our sins on Calvary. He righteous for us unrighteous men!! Men had to die on the cross but couldn't bear their own sins that is why God in Christ did it in our place there because He loves us. In Romans 5 verses 6-9 we readFor when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. Read this more time brothers and sisters and let it sink in!!!

Galatians 2 verse 18

 For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.

Verse 18: The apostle Paul is here in this verse speaking about the Law. If Paul himself went back to be under the Law then he build up again the things which he had just left. Law makes known sin. I would made himself again a transgressor or an offender of the law! In Romans 7 verse 7 we read about the Law the following:What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. We don't need us anymore under the law! Because Christ is the end of the Law!  Romans 10 verse 4 tells us this: For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

Galatians 2 verse 19

 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.

Verse 19: What does this mean my dear brothers and sisters? The apostle Paul said that through the law he is dead to the Law. In Romans 7 verse 4 we read: Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. That I might live unto God. We too my brothers and sisters are not under the Law anymore so we belong to Him and in Jesus Christ we have now the law of the Spirit of Life!! This makes us living in Him. This is what happened. This was the purpose of God that we should live for Him. That's why He died for our sins and rose again for our righteousness Romans 4 verse 25. We live now in Christ. What a wonderful God we have and what a joy we have if we realize this my brothers and sisters. 

Galatians 2 verse 20

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which

I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.

Verse 20: Verse 20 and 21 are the last verses of Chapter 2 of the epistle to the Galatians. Here it says: I am crucified with Christ! What does this exactly mean? For this we read Romans 6 verse 6: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. Our old man! Yes my dear brothers and sisters your old man is crucified with Christ on the cross. This is a fact. On the moment we accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior we became new men in Him. Our old men had disappeared. You old I is passed, you are now new in Christ, the new man!! This is reality and and a fact and now the question: how we live everyday? Nevertheless I live but not I, not the old man but Christ lives in me the apostle says and this is also for us my dear brothers and sisters. Christ is living in us. How? Through His Spirit! His Spirit is living in us whereby we are sealed till the day of redemption! Ephesians 1:13-14, Ephesians 4:30, I Thessalonians 4:13-18, I Corinthians 15:51-54. This is our position in Christ my dear brother/sister!! The life the apostle continues here which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God. We still have this flesh as long we are on earth. And we can choose: we can serve the Lord everyday and we can also serve our flesh, our own nature, nature of sin. A unbeliever serves alone his own flesh, he serve alone sin. We can serve our Lord  and set our affection on things above and not on the earth! We have the faith of Christ and our trust in that faith. His faith that saved us Philippians 2: 5-11. So He lives in us! Jesus Christ Who loved us and gave Himself for us on that cross on Calvary!! Romans 5 verse 6-8 tells us:  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. Dear brothers and sisters: realize yourselves this is Good News. Really Good News and also to think about it now........and stand still with this fact! Everyday we can rejoice in this and be thankful for this finished Work of God!!!

Galatians 2 verse 21

 I do not frustrate the Grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

Verse 21: I do not frustrate. What does that mean here? Answer: I do not ignoreornullify the [gracious gift of the] Grace of God [His amazing, unmerited favor] Righteousness is not from the law, it will never comes from the law. When it was this fact Christ had died for nothing. In Galatians 3 verse 13 we read:Christ 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" The Law of God could never made any person with God right. Through the Law of God men knew what is sin. In Romans 7 verse 7 we read: What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.  And in Romans 3 verse 19 and 20 we read: Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

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Galatians  Chapter 3 

O 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?

Introduction of this chapter:

The apostle Paul admonish the believers from Galatia, inspired through the Holy Spirit of God. The believers in Galatia had left the truth of God, the Gospel of the Grace of God to another Gospel which is no Gospel. They believed now the lie instead of the truth and went back to the Law of God and rules of men. These men were false teachers of the Jews and the believers in Galatia had been talked into lies from these false teachers. Everywhere and this is my experience in my life with the Gospel of the Grace of God: when the truth is told there is also the devil who will also come with the lie! It is very easy to be misled by the devil who comes in false teachers or with false ideas of men which is against the truth, the Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24, 32, Romans 16:25, 26, I Timothy 2:3-4. 

Galatians Chapter 3 verse 1

O 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?

Verse 1: What does this mean foolish? This means absurd, stupid! Hard words the apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Galatia! Well it was needy that he did this. In English it was senseless or unwise what they did. Who had bewitched them? That they should not obey the truth! Read for yourselves Romans 16 verse 25 and 26! The truth was and is that they were saved by Jesus Christ through faith and Gods Grace. Now they heard something else, the lie and went back to the law and rules of men. These men, false teachers told them that they had to be circumcised and to hold the law. In Galatians 5 verse 7 we read: Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? They knew and believe very well that Christ died for them on the cross and that they were saved by Grace alone, by Faith alone and in Christ alone yet the went back to the Law and rules of men to do these works and try with these things to reach God. They let themselves be talked about through these false teachers and we see this a lot in this world nowadays too. Nowadays we have a lot of false teachings in the so named Christian world. Man from nature is weak and lazy and to hold the truth and stand for it this is very difficult. This is the experience what I have with people in my life. The believers in Galatia were bewitched. That's just a semblance what they heard and this is every person who fall from Gods Grace. It looks and hears in the ears very good but it isn't. The Galatian believers were disobeying. Later we read at the end of Paul's life,  that almost every men had left the Gospel of the Grace of God. A few people stood for the truth as Paul did. On the end of the 19 th Century and begin 20 th Century this Gospel of Gods Grace was rediscovered in Gods Word!  Praise God that He opened the eyes of men like pastor O hair and pastor Stam who He gave so much light in His Word that through these men a lot of people began to understand the Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24, Romans 16:25-26. The professing church in the world doesn't know the truth, the Gospel of Gods Grace Colossians 1:5-6 and preach a mixture of Gospels like a little bit the Four Gospels, a Social Gospel, about Israel or about the book of Revelation and thinks that we are in the time of Revelation now. All of this is misleading people to let them dumb, foolish in their thinkings. 

Galatians chapter 3 verse 2

This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit

by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

Verse 2: The apostle goes on here in this verse: This only would I learn of you. The apostle Paul knew already the answer about this but he would hear this from them, that they should answer him. On the moment the believers from Galatia had heard the Gospel of the Grace of God and received the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior on that moment they were sealed with the Spirit of God. In Ephesians 1 verse 13 we learn:  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise. Dear brothers and sisters/readers: we are just like the believers in Galatia sealed with the Holy Spirit the moment we trust Christ as Savior in our lives. Through the works of te law no one could receive the Spirit of God. We just read before that. Romans 3 verse 20 tells us:Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. You read it very clear: by the law is the knowledge of sin! Through the Law which was given to Moses received the believers in Galatia nothing, only that they knew what is sin. It was by the hearing of faith! Romans 10 verses 9-10 tells us:That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Galatians chapter 3 verse 3

Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

Verse 3: You see my dear brothers and sisters the apostle Paul is amazed, very amazed about the believers in Galatia. He asked them are ye so foolish? Are you so dumb. This is what he said to them: Where is your spiritual insight? The believers in Galatia were really acting unwisely and nowadays that's just the way it is with people. In all the years I know the truth I have the same experience with people how they act like the believers in Galatia: they begun with the Spirit. They knew what is freedom and yet they go back to rules and laws for the perfecting of their flesh. The believers of Galatia were misled and today there are a lot of people too misled. For a while the believers at Galatia began to understood and to believe Gods Word of Grace Acts 20:24, Romans 16:25-26! Obviously they were not stable enough to withstand false teachings and let themselves be talked through false teachers of the circumcision. Nowadays people let themselves be talked through all kinds of mixtures of gospels and not rightly dividing the Word of truth 2 Timothy 2:15. In Galatians 5 verse 7 and 8 we read: Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. The flesh and fleshly things brings us not good things. We know what the works of the flesh are. We read in Galatians 5 verse 19-21:

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

So brothers and sisters stand for the truth and don't be fooled to another so named Gospel which is not a Gospel! We live now in the time of the itching ears! 2 Timothy 4 verse 3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. This is what we see in the so named Christian world, this is what is preached in churches my dear brothers and sisters. it gets worse the longer. Again don't be a fool but learn Gods Gospel of Grace and stand for it!!

Galatians 3 verse 4

Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.

Verse 4: Now the question of the apostle Paul: have they suffered so many things in vain? They had suffered for the Gospel of the Grace of God because they stood for the truth Colossians 1:5,6. They had directly heard it from the apostle Paul and understood the Grace of God and now they were fooled by false Jewish teachers who told them to go back to the law and to be circumcised. It was a so named Gospel but it wasn't. Now was all in vain, if it be yet in vain! The apostle Paul doubts about them and that all the time he spend to them was in vain! In my life I have also experience like this. 

Galatians 3 verse 5

He 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?

Verse 5: God gives His Spirit to someone on the moment he or she believes in the Lord Jesus Christ! Ephesians 1:13 and 14. God ministered to the believers at Galatia his Spirit and God did miracles among them. This let you see that miracles and wonders were not yet away the moment the apostle Paul wrote them this epistle. Now the question is God working miracles among them through the works of the law or by the hearing of faith? That He works powerfully among them is that through works of the law or through the faith of Him who can work through people? 

Galatians 3 verse 6

Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.

Verse 6: Abraham believed God. He trusted God. In Genesis 15 verse 5 ad and 6 we read the following verses:  And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.  And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness. Abraham my dear brothers and sisters believed God. He did not doubt as so many people today doubt in the existence of God. God was the One Abraham could trust. To Abraham God let him see all the stars of heaven. In the time of Abraham there were no streetlights or lights in houses. People had candlesticks in their houses or tents. The seed of Abraham shall be so much as the stars. In Romans 4 verse 3-5 we read: For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Romans 1 verse 16 and 17 tells us that the righteous shall live by faith. Which faith? The Faith of Jesus Christ and that he or she had trusted in the faith of Him: the finished Work!  As Abraham believed God so we can also brother and sister trust in God and in His Word of Grace which builds us up and make us strong. Galatians 3 verse 11: But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.

Galatians 3 verse 7

Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

Verse 7: The ones who are of faith!  Who are the ones? Answer: you and me my brothers and sisters who have trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior!  Which faith? The faith of Jesus Christ!!! We are saved by Grace alone, by Faith alone and in Christ alone Ephesians 2:8-9 (read this again!) And in Romans 4 verse 8-10 we read: Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.

How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. We my dear brothers and sisters are from origine Gentiles and not Jews in the circumcision. Just as Abraham God reckoned His rigtheousness to us in the uncircumcision through faith and that is the faith of Jesus Christ. We trusted Him for salvation of our lives and on that moment God gave it to us just like He gave it to Abraham. In Romans 4 verse 22-25 we read: And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.  Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;  But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;  Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.  What a blessings we have in our Lord Jesus Christ my dear brothers and sisters and we can praise God for this everyday!! My brothers and sisters if you believe the same as I do why not tell others about this great News so that more people in this world know God's wonderful Gospel of Grace!!!

Galatians 3 verse 8

And 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.

Verse 8: God knew before the world was made that He would justify the Gentiles through faith. God is allmighty, He knows everything!  He told, preached to Abraham the Good News saying that in thee shall all the nations be blessed. God justified Abraham because Abraham trusted God, believed God and God justified him. In Genesis 12 verse 3 we read: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. This was just before Abraham, in that time Abram, left Haran to go to the promised Land that God should gave him. In thee. In Christ shall all the nations be blessed!! In verse 14 of this chapter 3 we read: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Conclusion: alone through believing in the Lord Jesus Christ and trust in Him we are justified and blessed!

Galatians 3 verse 9

So then they  which be of faith are blessed with 

faithful Abraham

Verse 9: So then they which be of faith! This are we my dear brother and sister and we are the members of the Body of Christ I Corinthians 12 verse 13. We are blessed with faithful Abraham. In Ephesians 1 verse 3 we read: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ . My dear brothers and sisters what a wonderful God we have Who had blessed  us! This is our position! It is all Gods Work, not our works. By faith of our Lord Jesus Christ are we blessed. His finished Work had saved us  

Galatians 3 verse 10

For 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.

Verse 10: For as many, these are people who do the works of the law are under the curse because no one continues in all the things that are written in the book of the law to do. So anyone who go back to the law of God (Moses) or laws of men are under the curse. In Romans 3 verse 20 we read: Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. Dear reader, brother or sister the law cannot justify you, it condemns you. Through the law is the knowledge of sin. Maybe you have heard in your church the 10 commandments of Exodus 20. these are a part of the 613 laws which God gave to Israel. Again my dear brother and sister the law cannot save you! You have to accept the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ! He can save you! Romans 3 verse 22 It is believing in the finished work of Christ, accomplished for us. 

Galatians 3 verse 11

But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.

Verse 11: We my brothers and sisters cannot be justified by the law in the sight of God.  The just shall live by faith. We are justified by faith of Jesus Christ. Romans 1 verse 17: For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. What a wonderful God we have! Praise Him that through Him we are justified , through Jesus Christ. 

Galatians 3 verse 12

And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.

 

Verse 12: The law is not of faith. This is clear. Through the law is the knowledge of sin! How more rules how much more transgression. When a man obey the law and doeth all the works the law says he shall live but when he disobey the law, the rules he is a transgressor of the law and he is confronted with sin and through sin death. We read in Romans 10 verses 5: For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. Read Leviticus 18 verse 5! The law is good and righteous but man is not good, he is from nature a sinner and sold under sin. That's why men couldn't hold the law and that the law cannot save men. Men under the law were under the curse of the law. For you as believers my dear brother and sister we may know that we are no longer under the law but under Gods Grace through the Lord Jesus Christ! Romans 6 verse 14

 

Galatians 3 verse 13
Christ 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:

Verse 13: Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law.  He Himself became a curse for us. Why was this? He died on the cross, on the tree and that was a curse when somebody hing on a cross. Christ did this to redeem us! He died voluntary for us on that cross on Calvary! He gave Himsel, He gave His life for you and me and paid with His own life for us and the blood which flowed was enough to redeem us. What a wonderful love of God this is. In Romans 8 verse 3 we read: For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteouness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit .

Christ was and is without sin. He came to this earth in the likeness of sinful flesh and lived under us 33 years and that 2000 years ago. The purpose was to save the world from sin, to save sinners. He righteous for unrighteous people like you and me. We deserved eternal death. He had redeemed us on the cross and through His resurrection from the eternal death. Now we are in Him alive because He lives. In I Corinthians 15 verse 3 and 4 we read: For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according the scriptures. And in Romans 4 verse 25 we read: Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. Another verse we read in Acts 13 verse 39: And by Him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justied by the law of Moses. Dear brothers and sisters: what a wonderul God we have.

Dear reader: if you don't believe in Christ as Savior for your life right now do it now! Believe you are a sinner and realize that you cannot save yourself but believe that Christ died also for you on that cross and is resurrected for your righteousness and to give you eternal life in Him! Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved eternally! Acts 16 verse 31

Galatians 3 verse 14

That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through

Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith

Verse 14: God blessed Abraham. Abraham lived before the law of Moses. He was not only the physical father of the nation Israel but also the spiritual father of all believers of all times. What does it mean the blessing of Abraham? When Abraham believed in God, trusted in God, God reckoned him the righteousness. Can you imagine a bigger blessing which God gives to us that we are righteous like Abraham in Christ? That is that blessing my dear brothers and sister so that and that is with a reason so we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. We are sealed with the Holy Spirit of God to the day of redemption Ephesians 1:13,14, 4:30. The Spirit of God lives in us my dear brothers and sisters so that we can know His Word and His Word of Grace! What a blessing and what a wonderful God we have my dear brothers ans sisters!

Galatians 3 verse 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.

Verse 15: A contract between men nobody could nullify. This is a fact. The covenant God made with Abraham nobody could nullify this. In verse 17 we read: And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. We know now that the law who was first made for the folk Israel and influenced the whole world couldn't save. What God had promissed to Abraham this stood fast. The law was given to learn what is sin. The law let us see that we need a Savior. That Savior is Jesus Christ!

Galatians 3 verse 16

Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

Verse 16: This verse corresponds with verse 8 of this same chapter: And 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. The promisses which God gave to Abraham and his seed was the seed Jesus Christ. Abraham didn't know about Christ but he knew that God had promissed a Seed and that God justified him. Abraham believed God. Now we have the whole Bible and we still live under Gods Dispensation of Grace see Ephesians 3 verses 1-3. As long as this Dispensation exists does this apply. Everyone can be saved through Jesus Christ and be justified by Him. It is upon man what he wants. Now the question to you my dear reader: Are you saved?

 

Galatians 3 verse 17

And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect

Verse 17: The Law of God or the Law of Moses cam 430 years after God made a covenant with Abraham because of Christ Who should come and would save the world. The covenant which God made with Abraham is not rendered powerless. This stands fast Romans 4 verse 13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

Dear reader, brother or sister: Abraham became righteous through faith and also we on the moment we trusted Christ as personal Savior. Romans 4 verses 14-16 tells us: For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all. Through the Law nobody is justified. Through the law is the knowledge of sin. The law cannot save anyone. Salvation is alone in Jesus Christ.

Galatians 3 verse 18

For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

 

Verse 18:The inheritance God gave to Abraham was a promise and Abraham lived before the Law of Moses. The law was given to know sin. There is no inheritance of the law. The law couldn't give live, eternal live. Through His Grace God gave the inheritance to Abraham through the promise and this we read in verse 16 of this same chapter: Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

Galatians 3 verse 19

 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.