"Blessed with believing Abraham."
Text: Galatians 3:9b
THE CONCLUSION OF THE MATTER
Paul had argued strenuously that the doctrine of justification by faith was well documented. Strong supporting arguments were raised up. It was time to bring this to a conclusion.
So then those who are of faith are blessed
with believing Abraham.
1. “So then” (Greek “hoste”)
a) An inferential particle is used here.
b) Paul was making his conclusion based on his arguments raised up earlier.
i) Argument from the ministry of the Holy Spirit of God.
ii) Argument from the example of the faith of Abraham.
iii) Argument from the Scriptures.
2. “Those who are of faith”
a) The focus is strongly on the word “faith”.
b) The contrast is “the works of the law”.
c) Those who are of faith:-
i) They believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour.
ii) Their faith is in what Christ did when He died on the cross of Calvary.
iii) Their faith precludes trust in their works (the works of the law).
3. “Are blessed”
a) The focus here is not physical/ material blessing.
b) Justification by God is in view here.
4. “With believing Abraham”
a) He was greatly blessed by God indeed.
b) God’s blessings were promised to his descendants.
c) The greatest blessing is obviously not physical.
d) The greatest blessing is spiritual and eternal.
e) No earthly blessing could be compared with having justification from God.
f) Faith is the key element that brings about this great blessing from the Lord.