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Promise, Law, Faith

In Genesis, Abraham was told that in his seed, all the nations would be blessed. So why then did God later command the Israelites to be separate from the nations? In Galatians, Paul argues that the Mosaic covenant was a temporary Gentile-excluding covenant that served to guard the Abrahamic promise until the true seed, Jesus Christ, fulfilled all righteousness. On this program Shane Rosenthal continues his conversation with T. David Gordon, author of Promise, Law, Faith: Covenant-Historical Reasoning in Galatians.

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On two separate occasions Abraham lied about his relationship with his wife Sarah because he feared for his own life. But if you think about it, king David would later become the man of Abraham’s fears. He had Uriah, the sojourner from the north, killed in order to take his wife Bathsheba as his own. In contrast, Jesus did not fear for his own life, but gave it up willingly in order to present his bride, the church, “without spot or wrinkle…so that she might be holy and without blemish” (Eph 5:27). This is why Christ alone is the source of our hope.

Shane Rosenthal

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