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2014.Apr.
23 Wed
 
Freedom
[ Galatians 3:19 - 3:29 ]
 
19. What, then, was the purpose of the law? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was put into effect through angels by a mediator.
20. A mediator, however, does not represent just one party; but God is one.
21. Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law.
22. But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.
23. Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed.
24. So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.
25. Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law.
26. You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus,
27. for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
28. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
 

Reflection
The Babysitter (3:19–24)
Paul uses the term guardian to describe the law. The idea of a babysitter portrays the fullness of redemption demonstrated through our spiritual adoption as sons of God. The law was never intended to redeem; it was a temporary babysitter given to tend to Gods people until the Redeemer would come to rescue them from the bondage of their guard. The keyword in verse 19 is until. God had always destined for there to be an end to the purpose of the law. This termination of the laws occupation came when the stone was rolled away. Not only is there an empty tomb, but the captives are set free, and the spiritual prisons are left empty.

Beloved Child (3:25–29)
As sons and daughters with full access to our Father, we no longer answer to the guardian of the law. The babysitter is no longer needed, as nothing separates us from our Father. We receive not only the blessings of Abraham but also the challenges of faith that are his legacy. The challenge now is not to know the restrictions of the babysitter, but to know and be known by our Father. There is a peace that comes as we embrace our new identity in Christ. When the Father embraces us, we are not prisoners being forcefully directed by our guard. We are children, being lovingly received by our Father. All labels and positions disposed, we are called by the same name: Beloved child!

Application
- The stone has been rolled away. Is your prison cell empty?

- What do you allow to come between you and your Fathers embrace?

A Letter to
God
Father, thank you for the freedom I have in Christ. May I never take for granted the cost of eternal life and the value of the inheritance purchased for me. In Jesus name. Amen.
 
 
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