Freedom Through Faith

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“For freedom, Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”  Galatians 5:1
What is the high school class you would never take again? Maybe it was the subject, or maybe the teacher just didn’t connect with you.  Maybe you found you really have no rhythm, no artistic talent, and no eye-hand coordination.  So, do you want a second helping of Calculus, another semester of Senior Choir, or another eighteen weeks of Phy. Ed.? 

Absolutely not.

That is the mystery for Paul with the Galatians.  He has announced their freedom through the death and resurrection of Jesus. They are done with any attempt on their part to earn a right standing with God.  Now by the Gospel they’re free, released from jail.

So, who would go back to jail or to their worst class?  No one. But, still we’re tempted to do exactly that along with the Galatians. Whenever we think that all our patched-together promises will be kept, we’re stepping back into the worst failed class ever.

But we’ve learned better than that.  The only One who can keep the promises of a perfect life has already lived that life for us. He has passed every heavenly exam.  He was affirmed by God to be the perfect Son in whom the Father was pleased.  Now he gives that perfect standing to each of us. 

So faith says we can walk past that old classroom of broken promises.  We are already in relationship with God by his work alone.  Now enjoy the freedom of walking out the classroom door with the One who was perfect for our sake.
Our Heavenly Father, so often we foolishly try to go back to school, promising to get it right this time.  We imagine that that’s how we stay with you.  Remind us that we have a new freedom through faith.  You have kept every promise and filled every assignment for us.  Let us walk with you in the freedom of faith and trust in your perfection, In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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