Jesus died for all men. For all. To make all one. To unite us in him so that we would be united, as one, with the Father and the Son (John 17:20-21).
Jesus came that we might be of one mind, of one accord so that we might participate with the Spirit, so that loving comfort and affection and sympathy might rule in our lives (Philippians 2:1-2).
What we witnessed over the weekend is evil. It is the work of the anti-christ who hates the image of Christ in us. It is time to let the image, his light, shine brighter than in times before and it is time to burn hotter, with righteous indignation against Satan and his sons of disobedience.
And, if we are to live in light of current events and in light of the current administration, the question will most definitely and most naturally become, what are we to do?
The answer (I believe) to that question is prescribed in scripture (yet must be qualified because of human depravity). Seek justice. Love mercy. Walk humbly. (Micah 6:8) This is what the Lord requires of us. But just saying this may not be enough for us apart from Christ. Just saying this without a proper understanding of how doing it is even possible will no doubt lead us into error and sin. How do you think the sons of disobedience are able to justify their behavior and the motivations of their heart by claiming Christ?
It isn't enough to claim Christ. If that's all there is then that's a malnourished theology. Ain't nobody getting thick off of that. He calls us seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly but that journey is too great for us to travel off the strength of our own food. We need some hot bread by the head and jar of living water to make the walk work (1 Kings 19:1-8).
We have to know the one who is food, drink, fuel, and fire. We need to know Jesus and what his work on the cross accomplishes and secures for us.
Please turn to Galatians 3:28. Please stand for the reading of God's Word.
Now, the letter to the Galatians is written to a group of believers who have been crept up on by some false teachers who talk a good game and say and speak the words that itching ears are always looking to hear. We, the church, must always be mindful that, “some have crept in unawares…” (Jude). We must always be mindful that false teaching will always make its way into the fellowship of the saints. The evil one is a disrupter. He is about that pot stirring and sadly, to their shame, many Christians today fall for the okie done and like to be stirred. They stay stirred and never sit still. Hopping around like the Easter bunny bringing good will and a wack weak gospel everywhere they go. Rant over.
The Judaizers that crept in among the fellowship in Galatia were saying that the gentiles had to adopt the Jewish way and the Jewish works of the law if they were ever going to be God’s people. Paul is simply and honestly trying to exalt the sufficiency of Christ and not the supremacy of their national identity. Any attempt or effort to add to the gospel is a denial of grace. But these cats were more concerned with the denial of their race. So the apostle has to let them know. He lets them know that the Christian life is all of grace. The Christian life is all of grace empowered by the Holy Spirit. We cannot add on to the work pf the Holy Ghost!!! He is the one who tells us of the one who is food, drink, fuel, and fire. Paul is concerned with protecting the truth! You hear me right? The truth. Well, Paul simply but honestly shares the truth in this letter.
Let’s read the word again this time starting at v.27…
For those of you who were baptized. Clearly this is aimed at folks who have professed faith. So if you have professed faith in Christ this is for you.
Paul is saying that Jesus breaks down all barriers. Full stop. Those who have been baptized into Christ have been baptized into his work. His work that builds up different people into a, singular, people.
“Baptized Christians are incorporated into a community in which each member has put on a kind of clothing that covers differences that normally divide people, such as gender, ethnicity, and social status. On the basis of faith, by which anyone can be united to Christ, all Christians are included regardless of such apparent differences.” The Gospel Transformation Bible notes on Galatians 3 (ESV).
Listen Christian, what this verse teaches us is that there can indeed be unity in diversity because Jesus makes it possible to achieve oneness without sameness. Read v.28 again.
What we witnessed over the weekend is evil. It is the work of the anti-christ who hates the image of him in us. It is time to let the image, his light, shine brighter than in times before and it is time to burn hotter, with righteous indignation against Satan and his sons of disobedience.