Chapter # 3 Paragraph # 3 Study # 3
March 18, 2012
Dayton, Texas
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<159> Thesis: The "promises" were made to Abraham and his Seed. (Chart) Introduction: Under all of the details of Paul's arguments in Galatians stands one issue: the Promise, as a conceptual unit that identifies what the future holds for those who "believe". In our latest study, we put our focus upon the fact that human beings universally recognize that "ratified covenants" have, as their "bottom line" the intent to "settle" certain relational issues at the beginning so that everything that comes later can be addressed on the basis of what was initially agreed upon by those involved in the covenant. In that study we did acknowledge that men are persistent in contradicting their own recognition of this universal approach to the issues of on-going dealings with others by attempting to either "renegotiate" or "judicially challenge" the initial agreement, but the point is made: men know, and will be held accountable to, the fact that the entire point of a "covenant" is to make it possible to go forward with a minimum of chaos in the developments. That men often renege on the commitments they made is beside this point. The God of no renegotiation or adulteration of His covenant commitments operates out of omniscient wisdom and whatever He has committed Himself to will be how things eventually play out. Therefore, this evening we are going to look into what Paul called "the promises" that were spoken to Abraham. To what did He commit Himself in respect to Abraham and his Seed?