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Galatians 3 - NIV

15 Brothers and sisters, let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case.

16 The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,”[a] meaning one person, who is Christ.

17 What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise.

18 For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on the promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.

19 Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator.

20 A mediator, however, implies more than one party; but God is one.

21 Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law.

22 But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.

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a. Galatians 3:16 Gen.?12:7; 13:15; 24:7

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Freedom's Promise
Shared by: C. Philip Green on Nov, 2016
Summary: If you want to enjoy the life God has called you to live, depend on God's promise, not His law.
Series: Freedom!
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Shared by: Perry Greene on Aug, 2016
Summary: The church is fueled by God's glory according to Ephesians 3.14-21. Within the church we have the manifestation of his presence and the magnification of his person.
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Shared by: Darin Gary on Jun, 2016
Summary: WHERE ARE YOU in regards to SIN? Does sin control you? Have you been CLEANSED by the BLOOD of the LAMB? Do you have or are you seeking a HEART to PLEASE the LORD in ALL THINGS? THE BIBLE TEACHES US THAT WE CAN BE CLEANSED & HAVE VICTORY OVER SIN!
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Shared by: Denn Guptill on Jun, 2016
Summary: This message was preached after "Diving into Baptism" and takes a deeper look at what Baptism means.
Scripture: Galatians 3:21-29
Denomination: Wesleyan
Views: 241
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Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Apr, 2016
Summary: To show that GOD confirms His Promises to the SEED of abraham that lives within us, the LORD JESUS CHRIST who also does the confirmation.
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Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Apr, 2016
Summary: To show that GOD never meant to save us by Law but He meant to save us by His Grace through faith.
Scripture: Galatians 3:19
Denomination: Independent/Bible
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Archie Norman avatar
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Shared by: Archie Norman on Jan, 2016
Summary: The Christmas Miracle
Series: The Seed
Scripture: Galatians 3:16
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Shared by: Brad Beaman on Nov, 2015
Summary: This passage tells us about God’s promise to Abraham. God made an unconditional promise with great significance for us today. When Paul writes this he is referring to Genesis 12:2-3. It is God’s promise to Abraham and as we will see for all who believe.
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Shared by: Paul Foster on Dec, 2014
Summary: Part of a sermon series on Galatians
Scripture: Galatians 3:15-29
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Views: 1,012
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God's Enduring Promise (Part 1)
Shared by: Kevin L. Jones on Sep, 2014
Summary: God's promises are like He is...UNCHANGING!
Series: Galatians
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Scripture: Galatians 3:15-25
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Views: 8,120
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God's Enduring Promise (Part 2)
Shared by: Kevin L. Jones on Sep, 2014
Summary: A sermon examining the fact that when God makes a promise.. IT WILL ENDURE!
Series: Galatians
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Scripture: Galatians 3:15-25
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Shared by: Mark Schaeufele on Aug, 2014
Summary: God made a resolution to save us from our sin, and kept the promise in sending His only Son.
Scripture: Galatians 3:15-22
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 250
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Shared by: Robert Leroe on Jun, 2014
Summary: Being “in” Christ means we live in the One who is the driving principle of our lives, and we’re brought together into a new family as heirs of God’s promise through the adoption of grace.
Scripture: Galatians 3:15-29
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Shared by: Matthew Cox on Mar, 2014
Summary: This sermon is talking about the number one requirement to get into heaven!
Scripture: Galatians 3:20
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Shared by: Sherm Nichols on Jan, 2014
Summary: A sermon to help us understand the purpose of the Law as a tutor to lead us to faith in Christ
Scripture: Galatians 3:15-25
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Shared by: David Taylor on Jan, 2014
Summary: Standing in the Freedom of the Gospel: Promises and Prisoners
Scripture: Galatians 3:15-22
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Shared by: David Dykes on Sep, 2013
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Shared by: James W Hare on Jul, 2013
Summary: Despite the crippling conditions that we may find ourselves in, thank God for the positive possibilities for things to change.
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Scripture: Galatians 3:15-4:7
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Views: 1,012
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Shared by: David Owens on Apr, 2013
Summary: So which is greater, the Law or the Promise? How are we saved by one and not the other?
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Shared by: Chris Jordan on Apr, 2013
Summary: God’s primary way of relating to His people is through His covenant of promise. The law was given to show us how guilty we are, not to make us right in God’s sight.
Series: Galatians
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Shared by: Perry Greene on Aug, 2012
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Shared by: Robert Sickler on Jun, 2012
Summary: What a paradox: in the eyes of God we are neither male nor female, but Paul gave gender specific instructions to Timothy.
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Scripture: Galatians 3:15-29
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Views: 1,856
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Shared by: Sam Baker on Mar, 2012
Summary: Consider this . . . some of the ‘objective’ standards of authority could be the sources outside of ourselves that we look to direct us . . .
Scripture: Galatians 3:19
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Views: 202
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Shared by: Anthony Collins on Jan, 2012
Summary: Encouragement to trust in Jesus Christ
Scripture: Galatians 3:22-23
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Shared by: Joseph Smith on Nov, 2010
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Views: 1,440
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Shared by: Howard Strickland on Nov, 2010
Summary: What the law can’t do: 1. The law can’t save you. 2. Can’t take you to heaven. But JESUS can do both!
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Scripture: Galatians 3:15-29
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Shared by: Martin Wiles on Sep, 2010
Summary: God's promise of salvation through faith far exceeds any promise the Old Testament law could give.
Scripture: Galatians 3:15-22
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Views: 322
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Shared by: Patrick Nix on Jul, 2010
Summary: There is a simple correlation between the word ‘seed’ (KJV) and the promises (aka – covenants) of God. The first promise of Messiah was in Genesis 3:15...
Scripture: Galatians 3:16-29
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Shared by: Neal Gracey on Apr, 2010
Summary: In O.T. times some Israelites made vows to God. Definition: Vows are commitments to God to perform some duty or abstain from some activity.
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Shared by: Steve Shepherd on Mar, 2010
Summary: 1- The purpose of the law 2- The promise of God
Series: Galatians
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