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9th May 2023

Updated: May 9, 2023

Children of Abraham

The just shall live by faith.

Galatians 3:11

Many people enjoy spending time studying their ancestry. However, It is easy to get caught up in finding information on one person, and then another.

The Jewish people claim their line of descent back to Abraham, from around 2000 B.C. God had given Abraham the sign of circumcision as a symbol of His covenant with Him (Genesis 17), so circumcision became part of the Jewish law.

In Galatia, some zealous Jews had been teaching that if people wanted to be Christ-followers, they had to have all of their males circumcised. Then the people would be obedient to God’s law, and they could live in righteousness, they said.

But Paul had rightly taught that circumcision was not needed because God had credited Abraham with righteousness long before giving him the sign of circumcision. In Genesis 15:6 the Bible says, Abraham “believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.” Notice, Abraham was not righteous because he obeyed the law, but because he believed God. Righteousness is by faith, said Paul. That was what he had preached to the Galatians, and that was all they needed. So, he added, all who have faith are “children of Abraham” (v 7).

If you have faith in the Lord Jesus, you too are a child of Abraham. And your genealogy goes back 4,000 years to a person of faith, not works. Praise God!


Galatians 3:1-14.


Faithful God, thank You for making Your children secure in Jesus and not on the basis of keeping the law. Amen.

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