Already Free (Part 9) by Christina Patterson

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Already Free (Part 9)
Series: Already Free, A Study on the Book of Galatians
Christina Patterson
Galatians 3:26-29

Now more than ever, race, class, and social status are the dividing lines that prevent unity and progress in our world. In today's study of Galatians, we learn how the gospel of Jesus Christ frees us from these dividing lines. I'm not saying that the lines are not present and that there is no longer work to do, because, believe me, there is much, much more work to do. But what I am saying is that because of Christ's work on the cross, unity, reconciliation, and healing is possible. How much of that we actually experience is dependent upon if we believe that, and our willingness to surrender to God's desire for diversity, especially in His church. 

We see this truth in today's text, Galatians 3:26-29, which reads: 

“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. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:26-29 (NIV) 

The apostle Paul is writing these words to the church of Galatia which received this false gospel that says this: in order to really be saved, in order to really be accepted by God, you need to conform and assimilate to Jewish culture and tradition. Jesus was Jewish and the first people to get saved were Jewish, so clearly this is the standard, right? Absolutely not. We've been going over this for weeks now, and I'll post it in every study if I need to: we are saved by grace through faith. Amen. 

Today I want us to place ourselves in the shoes of these Galatians. Imagine someone is having a party and everyone there has on a pink shirt, and you are the only one that has on a blue shirt. You received an invitation to the party, your meal is paid for, but when you go to sit down at the table someone says, "Wait, you don't belong at this table. You must have on a pink shirt to sit here." 

And you're like, "But I have my ticket, I was invited, my meal is paid for." And they are like, "Nope, it's not enough. You need a pink shirt." So now the attention is off of what it really takes to sit at this table, and on what makes you different from them. The truth is, you are different. You have on a blue shirt. But the lie is that this blue shirt somehow disqualifies you from sitting at this table. So then the ho ...

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