Sunday, January 11, 2009

We Needed a Savior

Today, we pick up our study in Galatians 3:23-25 where it says, “But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.” This verse is saying that the Law simply tutored us until Christ came and justified us by faith. The Law merely showed us that we needed a Savior!

I see in this that many times God does not give us things until we have learned to appreciate them. A little boy once came to his father and asked to borrow the car. The father replied that the boy could borrow the car only after he cut his long hair. The boy responded by saying that Jesus had long hair. The father responded by letting his son know that Jesus walked everywhere He went too! Things have changed. We are no longer bound by the law. Praise God!

Notice vv.26-27, “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” This is not referring to, as many have erroneously concluded, referring to water baptism. Instead it is referring to Spirit baptism. The act of baptism denotes dedication to the service of him whose name we are baptized. An example of this in the Old Testament is found with Moses. It says in 1 Corinthians 10:2, “…all were baptized to Moses in the cloud and in the sea…” That means that they became bound to him as their leader. We see the same thing here. It says in 1 Corinthians 12:13, “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body…and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.”

Notice v.28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” We are all simply followers of Christ and are all one in Him. It says in Romans 10:12 “For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.” Fortunately, God is not bias like we can be.

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