Tuesday, September 15, 2009

More Blessings From the Gospel

by David Morris

Having presented freedom and sonship as two blessed results of the Gospel, Galatians 3:27-29 continues with two further blessings: “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.”

The Father had only one beloved Son, in whom He was well pleased. When He chose to add you to the family, He stooped to call you son as well. Your sonship comes through that of Jesus Christ, and you get it because you are one with Him.

Oneness
If the Spirit has baptized you into the body of Christ, you are one with Christ. You have dressed yourself with Him. Because everyone else who obeys the Gospel receives this same union with Christ, we are all one with each other. Gone are the economic, ethnic, sexual distinctions men prefer to use. Worth, status, meaning—all are lost to be replaced only by Christ.

Once upon a time, long ago, a promise was made to a man named Abraham. That covenant made Abraham’s descendents the special property of Christ. If you belong to Christ, then you are also in the line of Abraham.

Heritage
We enjoy the unique position of heirs to Abraham because of the Abrahamic Covenant. God promised Abraham a lineage of untold numbers. He promised that Abraham would bless the nations. He promised eternal loyal love. You are part of the fulfillment of that promise, and you are an heir to those promises.

What a glorious Gospel! Every thrust of Galatians exalts and defends this Gospel. The glorious Gospel has untold blessed results, causing eternal praise to the Savior that should begin here on earth. Let’s live in a manner worthy of this great Good News.

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