A Walk Through Galatians ~ Days 16/17

galatians31_photoToday our passage brings good news.  REALLY good news!  

23 Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed.  24 So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith.  25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.  27For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. ~ Galatians 3:23-29

 I am…you are…a child of God!  Isn’t that the best news EVER?  Have you ever considered the difference between the children of God in the Old Testament and those in the New Testament?  In the OT, they had to do some wandering in the desert for a long time before they understood that God really was their Father.  They claimed to understand it but their actions…well, they spoke louder than their words.

Go forward to the NT and their faith sealed the deal – so to speak.  What a glorious thought!!!

I am not attempting to make faith inconsequential.   It’s just that it’s not hard.  I get the trust factor.  I get fears.  I get that satan wants us to think it’s not possibly that simple.  But Christ came.  He took over the “guardianship” of the law and made it possible for ALL people to be a child of God.

All means everyone.  In Paul’s day he clarified, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female…”  That means that we are to share the message of the gospel with everyone.  We are going through the bible study that goes with the book Counter Culture by David Platt on Wednesday nights at church.  Something he said in the very first video was “how much do you have to hate someone not to share the gospel with them?”

That was poignant for me.  Does he mean that we really hate people?  Not really.  But then again, those who are not like us — those we would not instinctively run to with the gospel – deserve the love and compassion of the gospel.  And we may be the one that God has chosen to share.

Until tomorrow…..Joy to You!

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