26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
In reading verse 26, remember Paul’s purpose in writing this letter. Religious Jews are working to convince the Galatian Christians that faith isn’t enough by saying that the blessings of Abraham are for those who keep the law. Paul is writing to counter that argument and in doing so, he reminds believers that they have received sonship. “As many as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” Christians are to understand that by faith in Jesus, they have “put on Christ” just like a knight in a suit of armor. From outside, no one can tell who is in the suit. They just see a formidable warrior.
When God sees the believer, He sees His Son. When He sees His Son, He is thrilled because Jesus is the apple of His eye. When we put on Christ, we remove all designations regarding religion, nationality, sex, or social position. As far as Father God is concerned, we are His kids and heirs of His Kingdom.
When we turn back to trying to keep the law and qualify for God’s goodness, we do so forgetting that we are already His children and even more, forgetting that God is a loving Father. We don’t make our kids earn our love and provision. We provide clothing, shelter, food, and unconditional love because they are our kids. Paul is reminding believers about this position so that the arguments of religion will have no power.
When a warrior puts on armor, the weapons of others lose their power. When we put on Christ, religious arguments lose their effectiveness. They are meaningless to the one who has faith in Jesus. If they are not meaningless to us, then that simply indicates a lack of understanding of what Jesus did for us. Unfortunately, much of that misunderstanding is prompted by Christian churches teaching legalism. It is so important that we read the Bible ourselves and allow the Holy Spirit to teach us. In letters like Galatians, the truth is spelled out with crystal clarity.
We are heirs according to the promise, not the law. Brave grace today by being conscious of putting on Christ and living as sons and daughters, with all of the rights and privileges pertaining.
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I have been studying the letters of Paul a lot during this Quarantine. I will put Christ and His armor on so that I can extend grace all day. Thanks for sharing the gift(s) of grace!!
2 Corinthians 12:9-11 NIV
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.