Exposing Our Needs
- Saturday, March 01, 2003
Fourth, in Galatians 3:27-29, Paul declares that the Law cannot do what the Promise can do.
Paul concludes this logical argument by reminding us that we are all sons and daughters of God through faith in Jesus Christ. By our baptism we have been clothed with Christ, literally laying aside the dirty garments of sin and being clothed in fresh clean garments of Christ's righteousness on our behalf.
When a Roman child came of age, he took off his childhood garments and put on the toga of adult citizenship. Paul is saying, "Why in the world are you taking off your adult toga and putting on children's clothes?"
Then he concludes with that gargantuan statement about the oneness we have in Christ Jesus. He declares: "There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Galatians 3:28).
A first-century Pharisee would pray each morning, "I thank Thee, God, that I am a Jew, not a Gentile; a man, not a woman; and a free man, not a slave."
Aristotle declared that only a comparatively few people could really live worthwhile lives. He named four classes who never could. Slaves could not, for they're the tools of other men. Those who die young could not, for they've not lived long enough to achieve true happiness. Those who are diseased could not, for they are necessarily miserable. Paupers could not, for they do not have sufficient of this world's goods. Take these four classes from first century society or any society and how many would you have left?
Perhaps now you get a feel for what grace can do in an individual life and a society when such narrow restrictions are removed. That is why we say the ground is level at the foot of the cross. That is why, in the chauvinistic society of the first century, the Apostle Paul spoke words of liberation, freedom in Christ.
For God's sake and yours, let's let the mirror show us our need of the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ.
Let's let the guardian escort us into spiritual maturity.
Let's see the Law as a vehicle to Grace and the freedom which is ours in Jesus Christ, not the end in itself.
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