Great things He has done – so loved He the world

27th January 2017

GALATIANS 3 v. 10 – 14
‘For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not abide by ALL THINGS written in the book of the law, and performs them.’
Now that no-one is justified by the law before God is clear, for ‘The righteous person will live BY FAITH.’
However, the law is not of faith, on the contrary, ‘He who practices them shall live by them’.
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us – for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’ – in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.’

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The law could only lead us to righteousness if it were possible for us (apart from God / the Spirit) to live it out completely and without any fault or failing. Impossible for us. Possible for God, through Christ, to enable us to be made right through Jesus’ self-offering, ’embodying ‘the curse’ for us’, and nailing it to the cross with Him.
His defeat over death is our promise of new, eternal, perfect life, which we can begin to taste today.
‘With God’s help, we will’….become ‘holy as He is holy’.
Let go, and let God.
And thank Him for all He has made possible – for ‘all people’.

PRAYER
Amazing God of amazing grace,
thank You that You made a way
for us to ‘right with You’.

Precious Saviour Jesus,
thank You that You took onto Yourself
all the sin and shame, all the wrong and pain,
and saw it dead and buried
in Your name, and in Your frame.
Your resurrection is our hope of eternity, here and now.

Holy Spirit,
purify us, make us whole,
that our lives may reflect
Your amazing grace
Your self-sacrificing love
Your endless power and glory
now and forever.
AMEN.

CHALLENGE
Wonder at the divine exchange on the cross –
the curse and the shame becomes the glory and the eternal gain for us,
and take some time to praise and adore our all-gracious God.

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