Sunday, January 8, 2017

Christ in Galatians

~ Jesus Christ Is Our Great Liberator and Our Redeemer ~

The Bible is about Jesus Christ  ~  “Jesus said to them, ‘How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!  Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter His glory?’  And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself” (Luke 24:25-27).

Jesus Christ in the Book of Galatians  ~  Jesus Christ is the great Liberator from the Law of Moses.  He is the Redeemer, the Seed of Abraham, who has given us freedom from the curse of sin. 

As we have observed in this series the Old Testament (not just the Pentateuch) points forward to Jesus Christ.  The entire Bible is about Jesus Christ!  Now in Galatians we have such clear statements that we are no longer held captive by the Mosaic Law because Jesus Christ has loosened those chains through His death, His Burial, and most importantly His resurrection.  The Law now served as a guide, a learning tool, a tutor, leading us to Jesus Christ.  With this new freedom we have become servants of Jesus Christ and are charged with fulfilling “the Law of Christ.”  Paul states it this way, “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.  Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:1-2).

Comment  ~  We have only touched the surface of Christ in the book of Galatians.  The Apostle Paul told us the Scriptures present many shadows of things to come but the reality is found in Jesus Christ (Colossians 2:17). 

Compare the Following Passages  ~  “You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself:  I am the Lord” (Leviticus 19:18).  “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (Galatians 5:14). 

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