Before and After
Topic: Galatians Passage: Galatians 3:19–3:29
The law is useful…
To restrain evil in this world.
To guide and instruct Christians in how we are to strive to live before our God.
The most important use of the Law of God is to drive us to Jesus.
“The Law Before And After Christ.”
That person is confined, held captive under the law.
It serves as a tutor.
Instead of being under a guardian, we are sons of God.
We are baptized into Him.
After faith comes we are described as those who have put on Christ.
1. Our primary identity is in Christ.
2. Putting on Christ also speaks to our closeness to Him.
3. Putting on Christ speaks to our imitation of Christ.
4. Finally it implies our acceptability to God.
There is no distinction of race.
There is no distinction of rank.
There is no distinction of sex.
“This great statement in vs. 28 does not mean that racial, social and sexual distinctions are actually obliterated….When we say that Christ has abolished these distinctions, we mean not that they do not exist…but that they no longer create any barriers to fellowship. We recognize each other as equals, brothers and sisters in Christ.”
And you see, in Christ, we are heirs.
He speaks of the height, breadth and length of that union.
There is an attachment in height through reconciliation to God.
There is an attachment in breadth since in Christ we are all united to all other believers throughout the world.
There is an attachment in length as we join the long, long line of believers throughout the whole course of time.
We are heirs of the gospel promise to Abraham.