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Repetition Aids Learning

Those who are taught how to teach will sooner or later hear that “repetition aids learning.” Repeat your point, in a different way, restating so your hearers will have more than one opportunity to learn the lesson.

Sometimes we find repetition in the Bible, and when we read a passage with repetition it should really catch our attention. If God thought it necessary to repeat a point, it is extremely significant.

In Galatians 2:16, we are told the same thing three times.

“We who are Jews by birth and not ‘Gentile sinners’ know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.” Galatians 2:15-16 (NIV)

As is pointed out in the New International Study Bible, “Three times it tells us that no one is justified by observing the law, and three times it underscores the indispensable requirement of placing one’s faith in Christ.” Read the verse again, looking for the repetition. It says that man is “not justified by observing the law… not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.” The point is made, remade and made again!

God repeats it because we struggle to learn this lesson. People try to earn salvation, work their way to heaven, and keep the Ten Commandments, even though God clearly says it doesn’t work that way. Salvation is by faith alone, never by works or faith and works.

Have you learned this lesson? The final exam is when you die. See if you pass this one question mid-term exam: Why should God let you into heaven? The wrong answer is “works.”

God gives salvation to those who believe, who by faith accept Jesus as their Savior. You cannot trust in anything or anyone else and be saved. Make sure your hope is based on Jesus and Him alone.

SOURCE: Faith Walk Daily Devotional – Tony Beckett and Woodrow Kroll

The existence and power of God, the truth of His word, are facts that even Satan and his hosts cannot at heart deny. The Bible says that “the devils also believe, and tremble;” but this is not faith. Where there is not only a belief in God’s Word, but a submission of the will to Him; where the heart is yielded to Him, the affections fixed upon Him, there is faith—faith that works by love, and purifies the soul. Through this faith the heart is renewed in the image of God. — Steps to Christ, p. 68


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