Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Galatians 3-4~ Day 78~ What work do we need to do?

"You know, then, that those who have faith, these are Abraham's sons." (3:7). There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female; since you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, heirs according to the promise." (3:27-29)

This sounds very familiar, doesn't it?  I had to go back in our reading, but I found it!  Paul wrote about the very same idea to the Romans.  "The righteousness of God is through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe, since there is no distinction." (Rom 3:21).

There is no distinction in regards to who can have salvation through faith in Jesus.  It's faith that makes us believers, "Abraham's sons".
No wonder Paul had to repeat himself.  His letters were going out to all believers, in particular the Jewish believers who were very comfortable being part of the elite group known as the "Choosen Ones".  They were indeed chosen for one particular reason, to be the people group to usher into the world, the planned Messiah, who was coming for all people.  They were no longer to be a special race unto themselves.

Paul is very clear in this teaching, but the teaching didn't start with him.  Jesus began the clarification process back when he was on the earth.  Paul writings only piggy-back off of what Jesus started.  Remember what Jesus said in John 8:39, when he was speaking to the Jewish leaders?  The people said, "Abraham is our father', Jesus replied, "If you were children of Abraham, you would do the work of Abraham."

What is the "work" of Abraham, you may ask?  Jesus answered that question too!!  "Then they asked him, 'What must we do to do the works God requires?  Jesus answered, 'The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent." (John 6:29)

So, Jesus himself, taught that the true seed of Abraham is the one who has faith in Him, not the one's who are merely physical dependents of Abraham.

All I ca say to that is, I am so thankful I have been added to the family!!  Thank you Jesus, for including me!!

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