Even as I ponder the text for this week's sermon, I can't help but consider the passing of Mary Borst who went to be with Jesus this past week. And as I consider this, I know she is with Jesus but as I consider her life, I know she had a relationship with him for much longer than when she finally met him.
Too often we think of a relationship with Christ as something that happens only when we die. But that is not how Paul viewed it. This week, we will continue our look at our identity in Christ by looking at how from before the foundation of the world, God had planned the adoption for all those who would trust in Him. Salvation is all about relationship and relationship as sons!
For many of us, salvation means we get to go to heaven when we die. And that is it. There is a future hope that we are not defined by our past failures. And as glorious of a truth as that is, there is another equally important truth that Paul brings out for us today. We have reconciliation between God and man but man and man as well.
This week, we'll look at Galatians 3:23-29 and discover how the gospel "Breaks Down the Walls" and places us all on equal footing with Christ.
As we hit the midway mark in our series in Galatians, we've spent a lot of time talking about how our salvation and justification comes not by what we do, but instead by what Christ has done for us. We've looked at how we access that not by what we do but instead by faith. It should, then, cause us to stop and reflect on what exactly the role of the law is then. If keeping it won't make us right with God, then do we need to even bother with it?
Paul starts to answer this question for us and will continue to unwrap over the remainder of this series. This week, we'll look at Galatians 3:10-23 and discover both the "Curse and Blessing" of God's law.
I remember a church that I used to attend where at the end of every service we would join hands and sing the chorus of "Family of God". It was a great reminder that we are, by the grace of God, one family in Christ. When you trust in Christ by confessing your sins and trusting in His work rather than your own, you become part of a big family.
Our sermon from 06.03.2018, "Sons of Abraham" reminds us that we are part of a large family of God - and remembering this is a key for finishing this life well.