March 25, 2016

Today you should read: Galatians 3:15-29

Law-abiding citizens

 

It’s true, that if we abide by the law, we will probably remain in right standing before human judges.  As long as we obey the rules and keep our paths straight on the road that our system prescribes, we will normally be free from ever being declared “guilty.”  You see, the law is set up in order to be a frame of reference, a catalog, or a plumb line to expose when something is not right.  Once being declared “not right,” we face the punishment appropriate for our crime.

Well, much is the same for the law that comes from God.  In our passage we see some deep stuff.  A main issue that we can dive into is that God has prescribed His law, His Word, and His principles to expose our guilt.  It has set a standard, as a plumb line, to expose something that is not right, namely us.  We are not right.  On our own we are in wrong standing with God, the Judge, because according to His law, we are declared guilty.  We haven’t kept it.  

This law exposes our sin, and just as with the earthly law, we deserve punishment appropriate for our crime.  And since we have committed this crime before an infinitely Holy God, our punishment must be eternal.  

You see, the law wasn’t given so that we could keep it and earn our right standing before God, because indeed we cannot.  But it was given to expose our guilt and expose the need for another way to be made “right.”  So what’s the only way? 

Jesus.

Today’s “Walk-a-Way”

 

What does this mean for us?  

 

Well, for a lost world, this means that Jesus is the only way to salvation.  We cannot be in right standing with God through being good enough.  It must only be through the One who paid our debt and freed us from the guilt of our sin.  Our works cannot get us to God.

 

And for those who have already come to know Jesus, it means that we don’t have to earn our way to stayingin right standing with God.  Our successes and our failures do not dictate our standing before God.  If our sin has been paid for, we can never do anything to change our standing before God.  Our debt has already been paid.  It cannot be “un-paid.”  We can hear this and believe it…that God never looks on us with anything but love, and our status before him will not and cannot change.  That’s true freedom.  

 

Does this give us license to sin?  No.  It gives us freedom to live right!  We are already in the family.  We don’t have earn our adoption.  We are already in…adopted…part of the family… heirs to our Father’s inheritance…coheirs with Jesus Christ… and now we have the freedom and joy to live within the household rules, under Dad’s care, knowing that we are permanently His kids.  Our last name has already been changed, our future is secure, and our Father,now, just wants to protect us and help us to flourish under the family rules that are set up for our good.

 

So, today, we can be encouraged.  We can believe these truths.  And we can let it give us joy and encourage us to align our lives with God’s Word, not fearing failure or abandonment, but rejoicing in our freedom and our righteousness that comes from Christ.  


Posted by: Sam Cirrincione

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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