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Put your Faith in Christ

Put your Faith in Christ

Put your Faith in Christ

We are at chapter 3 in our study of Galatians and today we’ll look at verses 1-9.

 

The challenging yet most exciting part of our Bible studies together as a family is interpreting and trying to wrap our heads around Paul’s writings and sometimes one particular sentence that span several verses! 🙂 In times like that we use a diagrammatic approach. Today I’ll share with you how to make diagrams while studying difficult passages with an example. Here’s what you do:

{1} Read the same passage in few other versions till you understand the context and the message.

{2} Note down Key Words or phrases.

{3} Convert the key words or phrases in to something called nodes. Nodes can be any object that represents the key word. (Example: a person, tree, book, cross, cloud and so on)

{4} Connect these nodes using links. Links indicate the relationship between the nodes. Links can be a double-edged arrow, single-edged arrow, or any other form of link. Sometimes you will need a key indicating the relationships for complex diagrams or you can write over the link what the relationship is.

Let me show you an example. 

Read the following verses.

— just as Abraham “believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand,saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.” So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham. Galatians 3:6-9

 

Choose the keywords and phrases.

 

Abraham, Sons of Abraham, Gentiles, Christ

Faith, Righteousness, Justify, Blessing

 

Develop Nodes

 
I’m going to convert all the words into nodes. However, I’m depicting Faith as a bridge between people and justification and righteousness. 

Form Links

 
Abraham, Sons of Abraham and the gentiles are connected to Faith and the outcome of faith is shown as justification, righteousness and blessing.

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It is difficult to read Paul addressing the Galatians as fools. But what choice did he have? They had started out in faith and slowly tried to make it perfect by their works. That makes no sense at all. Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?” (V2,3) Having received the Spirit through the hearing of faith, hearing about Jesus Christ and what He had accomplished on the cross for our sins (Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified), for the Galatians to now go back to the law (which only condemns them – James 2:10) was truly foolish!

We know the mount Moriah incident where Abraham was asked by God to sacrifice His son born in his old age. Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. (v6; Genesis 15:6)  Just like Abraham anyone who believes and takes the leap of faith, will be made right with God. Not by our works, or law, but by faith. In God’s eternal knowledge, he foresaw the Gentiles coming to the saving faith. Which is why He said, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3; 18:18; 22:18; 26:4; 28:14 

What a blessing it is to receive this righteousness from God. Abraham acknowledged this and called God “The-Lord-Will-Provide…In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

To learn more about diagrammatic approach in Bible Study visit this link: Diagramming Bible Verses – onethingalone.com

Read next post in this series: Law. Curse. Faith. Blessing.

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I enjoy learning from God’s word, it amazes me, the wisdom and treasures of God and the way He reveals them to me day after day in a profound manner. In this space I share with you what I’ve learnt through my time with the Word. I earnestly believe that learning alone isn’t sufficient but walking in the word is crucial in a believer’s life. As much as I desire to walk in the word, it’s not always easy. My hope is to encourage you, my dear friend, in your walk with God with words that He has used to strengthen my own walk with Him.

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