Wednesday, June 3, 2015

SALVATION---NO STRINGS ATTACHED

Galatians 3

As a parent, I want to be sure my children have a future and are provided for, now and after my death. This is why I have written a last will and testament, so upon my death they will receive the inheritance I will leave them.  

Because of my love for my children I want to guard them and protect them, give them opportunity for a good education, teach them to make wise choices and avoid pitfalls that could lead to harm. I want to provide nutrition for them so they can be healthy, in their mind and body.  

They are able to have use of all that I have, but while I am still alive it still belongs to me.  They know I have rules and they must follow them. When the inheritance passes to them after my death, they will be the rightful owners as my heirs, to possess all that is mine, to have full use and enjoyment of. 

Because I am the legal owner while I am alive, it is my choice to whom I want to give (NOT SELL) my possessions to. To give, means a gift, and a gift can not be bought, nor earned, or it is not a gift.  

A will is a legal declaration to provide distribution of property after death to the heirs stated in the will. After the will has been ratified, the heirs have full ownership with all rights and privileges associated with the distribution.   

But, let us suppose after my death my children do not claim their inheritance. Does this mean they have no inheritance? Does this mean all I have willed to them is not theirs for their possession? 

No, my last will and testament is valid upon my death, all I have assigned to them is still there for their use, but unfortunately because they have not claimed the inheritance, the estate and all that is included will sit there unoccupied and unused.  

This is what God did for us.

Before the inheritance could be passed to us, we were protected under the guardianship of the law. The law was our school master, to teach us and prepare us, to keep us safe. 

Following the law allowed us the use of the Fathers possessions, but it did not give us ownership as heirs, until there was a death. The freedom to fully lay hold of our inheritance could not be passed to us until there was a death.  
What then was the purpose of the Law? It was added [later on, after the promise, to disclose and expose to men their guilt] because of transgressions and [to make men more conscious of the sinfulness] of sin; and it was intended to be in effect until the Seed (the Descendant, the Heir) should come, to and concerning Whom the promise had been made. (Gal. 3:19  AMP)
Who is the Descendant? Jesus! 

And through Him we are joint heirs. 

Jesus is the seed promised to Abraham. 
Now the promises (covenants, agreements) were decreed and made to Abraham and his Seed (his Offspring, his Heir). He [God] does not say, And to seeds (descendants, heirs), as if referring to many persons, but, And to your Seed (your Descendant, your Heir), obviously referring to one individual, Who is [none other than] Christ (the Messiah). (Gal. 3:16 AMP)
The law as our school master has been written in our hearts. This is why we know the difference between right and wrong. We know to commit murder is wrong, to cheat or lie, is wrong.

Our conscience tells us this.

When we go against our conscience, we will pay a penalty for the transgression. 

Sometimes there is a natural penalty, such as if we cheat on a spouse the penalty may mean divorce. Or if we commit murder, the penalty will lead to imprisonment. There are natural consequences to breaking natural (mans) laws.

But, there are also consequences to breaking Gods laws, and sometimes when we break these laws the natural eye does not see it, but God does see. This is why we feel the twinge of warning in our conscience. 
For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law.They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus. (Rom. 2:14-16 ESV)
To speak in terms of human relations, brethren, [if] even a man makes a last will and testament (a merely human covenant), no one sets it aside or makes it void or adds to it when once it has been drawn up and signed (ratified, confirmed). (Gal. 3:15 AMP)
This is why Paul opened this chapter with the words… 
O you poor and silly and thoughtless and unreflecting and senseless Galatians! Who has fascinated or bewitched or cast a spell over you, unto whom—right before your very eyes—Jesus Christ (the Messiah) was openly and graphically set forth and portrayed as crucified?  (AMP)
Because there has already been a death and a resurrection, the inheritance has been passed to His heirs.

And who are the heirs?
We are!

If we have received Christ's salvation to us through faith.

Unless there was a death we could not receive the freedom of the inheritance.  

Without the gift given us, through the death of Christ, we would be under the law.

If we live by the law, and die under the law, then we will be judged according to the law. The law points out our sins. Our sins we commit are punishable by death. There is no way around it. We are all transgressors of the law.  

But God! 

God made a way for the release of our deserved punishment, through paying the fine for our transgressions through the death of His only Son. Since the fine has been paid through His death, we are now declared righteous through Him and legal heirs of Christ.  

As I stated above, if we do not claim our inheritance, the inheritance is still there (that does not change) but we will not have the use and benefits of the inheritance, which is eternal life and freedom, through Jesus.  

So, Paul is saying, once you have been made free through Christ, do not go back under the bondage of the law by supposing you can earn your salvation through obeying the law.

It is impossible to obey the law. 
If you break one of the commandments, you are just as guilty as if you have broken all of them. 

God knows this, and this is why we have Jesus.  

The law served only as a guardian until the Last Will and Testament could be ratified.  
Abraham believed in and adhered to and trusted in and relied on God, and it was reckoned and placed to his account and credited as righteousness (as conformity to the divine will in purpose, thought, and action). Know and understand that it is [really] the people [who live] by faith who are [the true] sons of Abraham. (Gal. 3:6-7 AMP)

Be like Abraham, believe, trust in, and rely on God. You are made righteous (in right standing) only because of what Jesus did for us. 

Do not trivialize what He has done by assuming you can earn your salvation through any works, or following of any rituals, no matter how good they sound. 

The debt has already been paid and salvation is free to all who receive it through Jesus. 

Selah 

This article written by guest blogger,
Stacey Eutin, Crooked Places Straight
I will go before you and level the mountains (to make the crooked places straight); I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut asunder the bars of iron.  Isaiah 45:2


My tent making skills are as an Organizational Development Consultant, but my calling is Evangelist. I have been blessed with the opportunity to travel the country and share His redemptive love. I met Jesus in my early thirties and my life has not been the same. The ministry He has given me is through spoken and written word, to lead the lost to Him, bring healing to the wounded, and hope for the hurting. You can learn more about me and Crooked Places Straight at  https://crookedplacesstraight.wordpress.com


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