Friday: Further Thought – Old Testament Faith

Spectacles on Bible

Further Thought: “Upon Christ as our substitute and surety was laid the iniquity of us all. He was counted a transgressor, that He might redeem us from the condemnation of the law. The guilt of every descendant of Adam was pressing upon His heart. The wrath of God against sin, the terrible manifestation of His … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Redeemed From a Curse

Job looking upwards, three friends

(Gal. 3:9-14) Paul’s opponents were no doubt stunned by his bold words in Galatians 3:10. They certainly did not think themselves to be under a curse; if anything, they expected to be blessed for their obedience. Yet, Paul is unequivocal: “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Old Testament Faith

You can view an in-depth discussion of “Old Testament Faith” in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Gospel in the Old Testament

Malachi Prophesied of Christ's Coming

“And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, ‘In you shall all the nations be blessed’ ” (Gal. 3:8, ESV). Paul writes that not only was the gospel preached to Abraham, but it was God who preached it; so, it must have been the true gospel. … [Click to read more …]

What Was Wrong With Sinai?

Obedience to the Law of God

For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar— Galatians 4:24 NKJV  What did Paul mean by Mount Sinai? Many believe he was referring to the Ten Commandments. Was he? Paul speaks favorably of the Ten Commandments in Ephesians 6, and I doubt he would … [Click to read more …]

Old Testament Faith – Teaching Plan

Old Testament Man Praying

Key Thought: Abraham’s faith in God’s promises counted him as righteous. The same gift of righteousness is available for us today who share Abraham’s faith. Lesson 5, July 29, 2017 1. Have a volunteer read Galatians 3:6-8. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Reckoned as Righteous


Why do you think Paul first appeals to Abraham as he looks to the Scriptures to validate his gospel message? (Gal. 3:6). Abraham was a central figure in Judaism. Not only was he the father of the Jewish race, but Jews in Paul’s time also looked to him as the prototype of what a true Jew … [Click to read more …]

Singing with Inspiration – Lesson 4: Old Testament Faith

The memory text for this weeks’ lesson study instantly brings to mind Hymn 337 or 338, “Redeemed! How I Love to Proclaim It”. This theme continues in Thursday’s lesson study. We are redeemed by Christ. In Sunday’s lesson, it appears the Galatians have forgotten what Hymn 237, “In the cross of Christ I glory” says. … [Click to read more …]

5: Old Testament Faith – Discussion Starters

Old Testament faith. Was faith in the Old Testament different from faith in the New? Are you, a commandment-keeping follower of Christ, a works-oriented Christian? Or can commandment keeping be acts of faith? What makes the difference? Paul seems just a bit upset with Christians in Galatia and he told them they were under “the curse … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Grounded in Scripture


So far, in his letter to the Galatians, Paul has defended his gospel of justification by faith by appealing to the agreement reached with the apostles in Jerusalem (Gal. 2:1-10) and to the personal experience of the Galatians themselves (Gal. 3:1-5). Beginning in Galatians 3:6, Paul now turns to the testimony of Scripture for the final and ultimate confirmation … [Click to read more …]