I was led to read Galatians NLT this morning and landed on this grand finale of law verses faith in chapter 3:23-29;
23 Before the way of faith in Christ was available to us, we were placed under guard by the law. We were kept in protective custody, so to speak, until the way of faith was revealed.
24 Let me put it another way. The law was our guardian until Christ came; it protected us until we could be made right with God through faith. 25 And now that the way of faith has come, we no longer need the law as our guardian.
26 For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.27 And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. 28 There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.
Now that the way of faith has come, we no longer need the law as our guardian. Isn’t that a mouthful? How many of us has experienced people trying to stuff us back into the way of the law? ‘You must do a, b and c if you want to walk in the blessings of Abraham. NO! It’s because of our faith in what Christ did on the cross, he restored everything lost and gave us authority through his finished work. We are heirs of the promise simply by placing our faith in Jesus.
If it was rule driven we’d all miss the mark, but because it’s faith driven we simply receive it. Not one of us is better than the other, we are all his, we all have the same access to the same Father through faith. And through that access, everything we need for life is available to us. One door, Jesus. One key, faith.
Crazy, right? How foolish does it look to those who can’t figure it out, who have to ‘see it to believe it’. Hebrews 11:6 says it all, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
So today Father, I diligently seek you. I hunger for you, earnestly long for your presence. I want to know you more than ever before. How deep is your love for me? How far will you go to rescue me? One glimpse of Jesus hanging on the cross shows me the answer. You went to great lengths to draw me back to your arms. All you wanted was relationship with me and it cost you everything to have it. I cannot in good conscience live the same anymore. I belong to you.