Monday 30th May 2016 - Daily Reading:
Galatians 3:13-29 - Heirs to the Promise

Over the next couple of days, we are going to spend time taking a look at the 2nd half of Galatians 3. Earlier on in the chapter, we saw that Paul had confronted the Galatian believers because of their foolishness. In fact, at the outset of chapter 3, we see Paul ask the question "You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you?" And then from verses 6-13, Paul reveals very clearly that it is by faith, and faith alone, that we are justified. Paul then goes on to say in verse 14 "He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Holy Spirit." To put it simply, because of our faith in Jesus Christ, we are heirs to the promises of God! As we saw in Friday's devotional, Abraham too was a man of faith, and that faith was credited to him as righteousness, and through his faith he received the promise.

However, it doesn't apply to everyone! It is a promise only to those who are born again. Further down the passage, in Galatians 3:26 it says "So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith."

If you are not a child of God, the Word of God describes you as foreigners or, in some translations, as aliens. Ephesians 2:11-12 says "Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called 'uncircumcised' by those who call themselves 'the circumcision' (that done in the body by the hands of men) - remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world."

Those who are not 'in Christ' are excluded from this promise. You are living a life without God. You are living a life without hope. However... because of God's grace that can all be changed! You can be saved and become an heir to the covenant promises that God has made. Then you can live with God. You can live with hope. And you can live with the assurance of God's promises!We will continue taking a look at these verses tomorrow morning!

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