Saturday, June 17, 2017

Living Free as a Bondslave #6

Galatians 3:24-26 (CSB) - "The law, then, was our guardian until Christ, so that we could be justified by faith. But since that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for through faith you are all sons of God in Christ Jesus."

Continuing with the final two arguments that Paul gives demonstrating the sufficiency of Justification by faith alone. Let us ponder the argument from the work of Jesus Christ (verses 13-14).

Paul tells us what He did (13a). He redeemed or bought us back from the curse. He took our sentence on Himself. So, how did He do it (13b)? By “hanging on a tree.” He took our curse or punishment. If we are honest as we look at ourselves we wonder why would He do it (14)? That we might have the Blessing of Abraham given in  Genesis 12:3. He did it so that the Spirit could be given.

The final argument Paul makes is based upon the work of the Holy Spirit (verses 26-29). What does the Spirit do (verses 26-27)? Well, consider through His work, we are adopted into God’s family – through our faith in Christ. We have Christ living in us. And He does all of this so that we can be united, be one (verses 28-29). There are no divisions except that of believer/unbeliever in God's Kingdom.

We have studied five arguments that demonstrates the sufficiency of Justification by faith alone. We are saved by faith, kept by faith, and delivered by faith. Faith alone. Sola Fidelis! We can know that the truth is that of faith alone because of the Galatians’ experience, the life of Abraham, the Law itself, the work of Jesus Christ, and the work of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer: Spirit of the Holy God, fill me, teach me, open my heart to God's great and glorious Word. I am saved by grace through faith alone - outside of the Law, outside of any of my feeble efforts, outside of anything man can devise. Praise and Honor to Jesus' full provision for me. Amen.

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