Read Galatians 3:15-29
I remember when I was little and my parents had rules that I didn’t exactly understand or agree with. It was sometimes hard for me to see where they were coming from, but I always trusted that they created the rules because they loved me, so I was usually able to understand the rules eventually…at least to some extent.
Just like when I was little and my parents put rules in place to keep me safe and to guide me down the right path, God put rules in place to keep his children safe and to guide them towards Him. He was preparing them, through covenants and promises that would be fulfilled thousands of years later. He was using the laws to point out sin and to point to the Savior.
Simply put, Jesus changes everything.
The law was a guardian, as it says in verse 24. The law does not save us. Only Jesus does.
Of course, there are still rules and commands that are given to those who follow Jesus. Keeping these commands does not save us, but our obedience is a means of demonstrating gratitude and love (John 14:21). When we obey, we are living the best life possible. For example, we are to…
- Love one another (John 13:34-35).
- Flee from sin (Romans 6:6-7).
- Proclaim our faith through baptism and spread the gospel (Matthew 28:19-20).
These commands come from the faith we have in Christ and the transforming power of His love and sacrifice.
“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” Galatians 3:36-27
When we claim to follow Jesus, the Holy Spirit transforms our lives. We begin to want to live by the rules. When I was 16, there were rules that I appreciated. I had matured to a place where I valued the accountability of the rules in place. Now, as I grow in my relationship with Jesus, I begin to appreciate the commands that come with being a follower of Jesus.
Which of the 3 commands listed do you need to work on this week?