Bible Passage:Gal 3:8
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. Gal. 3:8.
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These things pertain to the former argument. As though Paul would say: You Jews glory in the Law above measure; you highly commend Moses because God spoke to him in the burning bush. But this your proud boasting really has no purpose; for the Scripture came first, and foresaw long before the Law that the Gentiles should not be justified by the Law but by the blessing of Abraham's Seed, which was promised to Him four hundred and thirty years before the Law, was given. The false apostles advanced the Law and the glory thereof, but the promise was made unto Abraham four hundred and thirty years before the Law was given, which truth they neglected and despised, and would in nowise admit that Abraham, being still uncircumcised, and living so many ages before the Law, was made righteous by no other means than by faith alone, But the Scriptures plainly testify: "Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness." Afterwards, when he was already accounted righteous because of his faith, the Scriptures makes mention of circumcision (Gen. 17:10) . Paul thus convinces the false apostles and shows plainly that Abraham was justified by faith only, both without and before circumcision, and also four hundred and thirty years before the Law. And the inheritance of the Gentiles was given unto Abraham, not by the Law and circumcision, but long before either, by the righteousness of faith alone.
The ancient Law departs,
And all its terrors cease;
For Jesus makes with faithful hearts
A covenant of peace.
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