Back To Reading Galatians

Most of you know how valuable I think regular reading of the scriptures is, daily, in the morning and evening. And how the Bible should be applied to how we think, what we do and say, and how we worship. And this only after its meaning is figured out from the context of the chapter, book, and the Bible’s themes. So it is back to Galatians again! Since we are taught the Bible through the ministry of the Holy Spirit’s leading us, we can expect to learn something new or more in depth each time we approach a passage.

We are reading Galatians 3. Remember, we concluded that it is right for us to teach our children the Ten Commandments because the law was added to clarify what sin is. That way they can come to understand their own sinfulness and their need for the righteousness of Christ Jesus. If God, who is pure and holy, allows us to enter His presence, it is only because we are covered in the purity of the Lord Jesus, our Savior.
Now read Galatians 3:19-4:6

To what was the law added? It was added to the promise made to Abraham back in Genesis l7:19, “In your seed all the nations will be blessed.” Paul tells us that Christ Jesus was the Seed of Abraham. It was not all the descendants of Abraham, but one descendant through whom people from all cultures would be blessed. The blessing would be the righteousness of Christ given to those who believed God would forgive their sins and dress them up in the perfect actions, attitudes, and services of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The law given 450 years later to Moses did not change that promise of blessing. The law instructs us, it looks after us, protects us. Paul uses the analogy of a child whose parents died, left him a lot of money and the position and power that goes with it, but set an age he had to be before getting it. It might be 21 or 30. At that age, he would have the power and position of a rich man. What freedom, what power, what awareness of being loved it is to inherit wealth! I purchase “Lilly” dresses and sports clothes with money inherited from my mother and father. I do no work for the money. I don’t deserve those comfortable, tropical dresses. I have them only because my parents promised each other I could inherit their estate. They just gave my brother and I everything they had left when they died. So when you see me wearing another Lilly, let it remind you of this passage. We are heirs to the promise to Abraham that we who trust in Christ Jesus will be blessed. The law exposes our sins, but it does not change the fact that we inherit the promise to Abraham.

When we believe that Jesus’s righteousness is ours and that His death and suffering were because of our sins, then the Holy Spirit causes us to call out with love and assurance, “Abba, Father,” “My Daddy,” “My Poppy!” No matter our culture, race, language preference, male or female–we who wear Christ Jesus’s perfect keeping of the law are children of God and HEIRS to all the privileges of access to God. Our dresses are made from the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ. Don’t forget who you are–a sinner saved through God’s favor and promise. Cultivate that love and assurance by daily remembering and applying this passage to yourself. You are not under the curse of the law–to keep it perfectly or else! You are covered. God has your back even when you see just what a sinner you really are.

About Carol Brandt

I earned a B.A. in History from Florida State University and M.Ed in.Higher Education from Florida Atlantic University. I taught high school social studies before “retiring” to full-time homemaking and raising two daughters. Now I love being a grandmother to four boys and a girl. I have also raised five collies.

My husband, John, was an optometrist, who worked tirelessly for his profession through private practice and as a consultant, and served on the Board of Trustees of Illinois College of Optometry for twenty years.

Ernest Reisinger was my chief mentor in this warm-hearted application of Calvinism. He gave me many books! The Founders Journal and Founders Conferences, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and Charles Spurgeon have been other sources of Reformed thinking as well as the other warm-hearted ones listed in my book, “Warm-hearted Calvinists.”

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