God's Changeless Promise

Chester Droog

READ : Galatians 3:15-18

In today’s verses Paul returned to the theme of justification by God’s grace alone through faith. In the lesson of two days ago he made the point that God promised Abraham salvation because of his faith. This promise, given 430 years before the giving of the law, was never canceled. Therefore, nothing Moses said could contradict, change or replace that promise. From the days of Abraham forward, salvation was through faith alone.

But now Paul makes what seems to be a strange interpretation of God’s promise to Abraham, “I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants seed after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you” (Genesis 17:7, NIV). Traditionally the word seed was thought to be plural, referring to Abraham’s descendants. Now, without arguing if that was right or wrong, he states that the word seed can also be singular, and as such refers to Jesus Christ. One may question if Paul is taking too great a liberty in this interpretation. But, his belief in God’s promise of salvation through faith is so strong that he dares to so interpret the verse. Abraham may not have so understood it, but Paul believed it to be true.

PRAYER

Jehovah God, thank you for your offer of salvation by faith alone through your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.