The Blessing of the World


The Blessing of the World

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Scripture Text: Galatians 3:9 and John 3:16

Series: Comments on Galatians

Today's Scripture Jigsaw

Abraham was a pagan, and frankly, we Christians too, have our heathenish tendencies. Why would God promise him (and us) the blessing of the world? That may be the wrong question to ask. Perhaps this is better: why would God choose to bless such a heathenish world? John 3:16 again answers either question. He loves us. From the most pagan to the most religious persons, God loves us all. Yet, holiness requires holy company. God demands a righteous people for his holy kingdom. He cannot wait for us to become holy, for that will never happen. Instead, he promised — through an ancient pagan — to become the holiness of people who can never make themselves holy. He loves us and our companionship so much that he makes us holy, in spite of our pagan natures. Now, like Abraham, we too must have faith that God is good for his promise.

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