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Galatians 3:23- 4:7 (we suggest pulling this up in a separate tab to reference as you listen or read).
There are no works of the Law that must be done in order to receive the gift of grace. The promises of God are ours in Christ Jesus, “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory” (2 Corinthians 1:20).
But what does that mean for us here today? What does the letter to the Galatian Church mean for us? Read 3:23-4:7
God’s covenant with Abraham came long before the Law. That covenant is foundational in our understanding of a relationship with God through Jesus. It is believing in the promises, living out of the promises, and acting on the promises by faith!
By faith we receive the promises of God and, by faith in Jesus, we are made children of the Living God. This is the promise of God for all who believe!
We are justified by placing our faith in the promises of God that are found in Jesus our Lord. We are baptized into Christ, made a part of the body of believers, His Church, and given the promised Spirit who enables us to live the life we, as the church, are called to live.
The Church is the body of Christ, “For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:13).
“For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another,” Each of us, who, by faith, have chosen to accept Jesus as Lord and savior, have been Spiritually baptized into Christ (Romans 12:4-5).
Water baptism shows the world our obedience to God’s command, it implies a radical and personal commitment to Christ and His Church, that is an outward sign of the inward work that God is doing in our lives. It is the public testimony of our following Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. And it is done in the presence of witnesses so that they will hold us accountable in love.
And if you are not a part of His Church, then the gift of salvation awaits your acceptance.
In the Church, the body of Christ, there is neither Jew or Greek, there is neither slave or free, there is neither male or female, for we are all one in Christ. God has a purpose and a plan for each of us within His Church.
Three things here before we move on to purpose…
- God does not take into account whether you are Jew or Greek. He does not care for one nationality over another, skin color does not matter nor does where or to whom you were born. To the Jews, back then, there were only two races: theirs and the Gentiles…
- There is neither slave nor free, your social status makes no difference.
- There is neither male nor female. If God calls you to serve as a pastor, or teacher, He does not notice which gender you are. The Word of God tells us, “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy” (Acts 2:17). Who will receive the Holy Spirit and who will speak forth the Word of God?
Anyone and everyone is welcome to enter into His Church: all are equal!
But, we live in a world where these differences play a major role in the affairs of peoples, nations, and other religious beliefs. We, the Church, as a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, are called to continually proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9)!
We are all equal in the sight of God, the man-made dividing walls can only be removed by the witness and work of the Spirit through God’s people who practice, and work for, equality, justice, and love for all. The foundation of our unity is love of God and neighbor. Since God’s word clearly teaches that we were all created form the same substance, “Dust you are and to dust you shall return,” should we not behave towards each other with love and fellowship and offer the same grace that was afforded us (Genesis 3:19)?
Having been made a part of His Church you are now an heir, you are the redeemed, the reconciled, the beloved of God the Father. And God has sent The Spirit of His Son into your hearts. All of this because of what was accomplished on the cross for you!
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. – Titus 2:11-14
God has a plan and a purpose for us as a Church and for each of us as individuals.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. – Jeremiah 29:11
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. – Ephesians 2:10
God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of His own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began. – 2 Timothy 1:9
- Are the promises of God yours?
- Are you actively pursuing God’s purpose for your life?
- Are you prepared for His promised return?
Further Reading: Romans 12:4-5, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Romans 6:4, Ephesians 2:8-10, Ephesians 4:4, 12, Ephesians 5:23, Colossians 1:24, 1 Corinthians 10:17, 1 Corinthians 12:27
God’s plan and Purpose: Jeremiah 29:11, Ephesians 2:10, Matthew 28:18-20, 2 Timothy 1:9, 1 Peter 2:9