From Pastor’s Desk
For now that you have faith in Christ you are all sons of God. All of you who were baptized “into” Christ have put on the family likeness of Christ. Gone is the distinction between Jew and Greek, slave and free man, male and female—you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, you are true descendants of Abraham, you are true heirs of his promise. Galatians 3:26-29 (PHILLIPS)
“If you belong” and “you are true heirs” jumps off the page from this verse. A conditional promise which begins upon justification and salvation, and ensues throughout eternity.
There is nothing in this world that can take this promise and its effects from one who has accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and has had his/her sin forgiven, and continues to live in Christ. That truth is interwoven within the verse with phrases such as “For now that you have faith in Christ you are all sons of God,” “You…have put on the family likeness of Christ,” “You are all one in Christ,” and the two mentioned in the first paragraph.
The phrase “you are true descendants of Abraham” is not so much about Abraham as it is about Christ. Remember that Jesus said, “Before Abraham was, I AM” (John 8:58). Jesus is also described as a high priest after the order of Melchizedek (Ps. 110:4; Hebrews 5:6, 10; 6:20; 7:11, 17, 21.), the high priest to whom Abraham rendered tithes. This is an order of priests, the high priest, who alone could go into the Holiest of Holies to present the sacrifice at the Mercy Seat. Jesus is our High Priest who sacrificed Himself as the unblemished Lamb of God for the sin of mankind. Hebrews 9:12 (PHILLIPS) declares “It was not with goats’ or calves’ blood but with his own blood that he entered once and for all into the holy of holies, having won for us men eternal reconciliation with God.”
Being descendants of Abraham, as adopted children into the family of God, we then are true heirs of the same promise that God gave Abraham, that is, the promise that everything the Father has given the Son, so has He given to those who abide in the Son.
Think on all we have in Christ. Even the most recent convert can come with at least a short list. The mature Christian should be able to make a long list. When you have finished the list, revisit the verse, especially the last sentence.
Take a “Selah” moment. Pause and meditate on this!