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How Galatians 3:16 Refutes the Doctrine of Paedobaptism

Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ. (Galatians 3:16 ESV)Here Paul explains that the promises to Abraham were to Abraham and to Christ; not to the many people of Israel. The promise to Abraham was not for the physical people of Israel. It was a promise for Abraham alone which would be fulfilled by faith alone. That is why he says "not...referring to many, but referring to one." Paedobaptism contradicts this teaching by believing that the promise to Abraham was a promise for all the people of Israel, but this is not the case. Paul says that the promise is to Abraham and his Offspring alone. Why circumcision then? Paul explains this in the later verses that the law was a guardian, "until the Offspring [Christ] should come to whom the promise had been made, and it was put in place through angels by an intermediary." (Galatians 3…