Can Jesus Make Us One?
Storms hit Texas and most of the rest of the country the last few days. The lightning flashed. The Noah -like rains poured, and dry creeks suddenly became raging rivers of death. In times of natural disaster the sheer terror powerfully unites those trying to escape from the deadly peril. And if deliverance comes, the bonds of unity created by the crisis often continue in the days of liberation.
The Apostle Paul urges us to see that the Law locked us all up in a deadly spiritual and moral crisis because none of us can obey God’s commands. Then, like a guardian, the Law brings us to Jesus, the seed promised to Abraham, the only one who can deliver us from God’s righteous judgment of our sin. And what an incredible deliverance! All we needed to do was to believe Jesus’ cross paid for our sin. His resurrection proved God accepted his Son’s sacrifice for us, and all we need to do is to simply trust Jesus.
“Before this faith in Jesus, the Messiah came, we were all locked up under the Law. All of us were imprisoned together in our sinful condemned condition so that we would be prepared for the ‘about to be revealed’ deliverance--faith in Jesus.
This is what I’m trying to get you to understand. The Law is our guardian. It prepared us to receive the reality that we could only be declared righteous before God by faith in the Messiah. Now that this salvation by faith in Jesus has come, we are no longer under the guidance of the guardian. For now, we are all sons and daughters of God through faith in the Messiah Jesus, for as many have been baptized in the Messiah Jesus, have been clothed in the Messiah’s righteous garments. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female—for all of us are one in the Messiah. And if we are the Messiah’s, then we are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 2:23-29
Why should Jewish believers eat with Gentile believers? Because they are now all royal fellow heirs sitting as sons and daughters around God’s household table. Why should Philemon set free Onesimus, his former slave? Because they are now no longer master and slave, but blood brothers, forgiven because of the blood of Jesus. Why can’t women be treated in our churches like second class citizens whose views and spiritual gifts are ignored? Because they are clothed in the Messiah’s wedding garments. They are God’s righteous daughters; therefore, they must be honored, loved, and respected.
This entire section of Galatians started with Paul reminding us about his fight with Peter over who we eat with at meals. We’ve got to make room at the table for all different races, socio-economic, and nationalities. We have experienced the crisis of total judgment because of our sin and the glorious deliverance by faith in Jesus. All this is the most powerful, unifying force in all the universe. It’s time for our churches and our personal relationships to start proving the power of this oneness in Christ by our concrete actions. Who will you eat with today?
LORD, Hamden and New Haven Connecticut where two of our sons live is being torn apart by the recent shooting. Powerfully use this crisis to expose the divides, to recognize the need for change, and most of all use your children through their faith in Jesus to demonstrate the unity and family oneness that faith in Messiah Jesus can bring.
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