I read through Galatians this morning and am again just astounded at God’s grace! We can do nothing to earn our salvation, lose our salvation, or to further our position with God. We are already at the top of the pile, His sons and daughters, the apple of his eye, and His delight! Just because we are His! He may not always be happy with what we do or the way we behave, but He is always our Daddy!
“…so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” Gal. 4:5
“It was for freedom that Christ set us free….” 5:1
Mixed in with all these great verses on our freedom are verses about our behavior: “But I say walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.” 5:16. These verses are clues to our living a contented life here on earth, growing in our relationship with God, and being prepared for what God has for us in eternity. They are not about “Do this or else…(death, disowning, etc…)”
We are free through our faith in the sacrifice of Jesus. We are adopted into the Kingdom. Done deal! “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law…so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
Gal. 3:1, 3, 13,14.
Upon the cross, Jesus said, “It is finished.” His sacrificed sealed the bargain. Our salvation is not Jesus and… (church attendance, perfect behavior, good deeds, being lovely, etc…). It is just Jesus. Period.
Psalms then reminds us to “Walk at liberty.” In other words, you are free! Act like it! Freedom is joy and love and peace and contentment and wanting to have a friendship with the one that set us free! Rejoice! Sing! Praise! And walk as if it is true!