February 16, 2020
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Yes, believers are on a spiritual pilgrimage reflecting an identity that is distinct from this world. But this identity, however, is not received by the means of anything within this world, but is the result of the Gospel of Jesus Christ who was sacrificed for our sin. This pilgrimage began with a stark awareness of our own death in trespasses and sins, but could not be realized until the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit. Notably, this new life did not come as a result of obedience to the law, but rather through faith in Jesus Christ. Critical to this truth is the fact that the law could not restore life, no matter how hard one worked, but could only condemn and increase sin. In the words of warning from John Stott, “Some try to go to Jesus without first meeting Moses and the prior pain of condemnation by the law.” He then contrasts, “Others go to Moses and the law to be condemned, but they stay in this unhappy bondage.” Neither will ever resolve the sin issue nor represent the truth of Scripture.
After answering the question regarding the purpose of the law, Paul concludes by identifying the ultimate end goal in each believer’s life. He then answers the practical question of whether the Gospel has an ongoing function after salvation. Remembering who you are in Christ becomes the focus of Paul’s defense, as he identifies what God through Jesus Christ has provided. Here are three results of the work of Jesus Christ with its prevailing impact.
Christ’s action on our behalf:
I. Christ recognizes us as sons of God – Galatians 3:26-27
Remember your nature
II. Christ repels spiritual distinction – Galatians 3:28-29
Remember your identity
III. Christ rescues us by divine adoption – Galatians 4:1-7
Remember your inheritance