Reflection on Gal 3:8Post date: 2018-03-10
Reflection on Gal 3:8
“And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith,
preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying,
‘In you all the nations shall be blessed.’”
Verses 6 and 7, which speak of justification by faith, are continued by verse 8. It is said that the Scripture foresees that God would justify the Gentiles by faith. An example is Abraham himself, who was a Gentile but he believed in God, in His almightiness, acknowledged God as his sovereign Lord and surrendered his life to Him. He accepted the moral laws which God had put into the heart of man through conscience. In this respect, Abraham is an example to the Gentiles. If they have the faith of Abraham, God will justify the Gentiles; He promised it to Abraham, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.” However, we have to distinguish between the Gentiles like Abraham and the Gentiles who have embraced religious systems which block them and are the greatest obstacle for the Abrahamic faith because they force the Gentiles to worship demons rather than the one Sovereign God as the Creator and Supreme Lawgiver. Pagan systems keep people in the slavery of darkness. It is necessary to preach to them the light of the Gospel! This often requires the sacrifice of one’s life. An example of zealousness in preaching the Gospel to the Gentiles was the Apostle Paul through whom the Spirit of God revealed divine truths which are captured in the Epistle to the Galatians too.
At the present time, instead of preaching the Gospel to pagans we are witnessing the rise of a heretical theory holding that pagans will be saved by their faith, i.e. by sacrificing to demons. This being the case, Jesus did not need to come and to shed His blood for our salvation, and Christianity is senseless. After Vatican II, false mission has been strongly promoted as so-called interreligious dialogue which destroys the true mission and opens the door to the antimission of pagans in the Christian territory (see Hindu mission through so-called yoga and guru, Buddhist mission through Buddhist philosophies and practices – acupuncture, acupressure, massages associated with yin and yang, i.e. with occult practices, martial art associated with meditations and energies). The Christian world uncritically accepts this all even at the cost of losing the saving faith. That is why we must be what we are to be – true witnesses of Jesus, and then we are to give witness to others about this assurance of salvation we have in Christ. This is the Abrahamic faith.
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