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Message: “Part 8” from Chris May

Chris May - August 13, 2017

Part 8

Galatians

In 'Part 8' of our series we learn about the function of the Law. What is it? What does it do? What doesn't it do? Many Christians get hung up on the 'rules' of Christianity but don't understand the freedom and love for God that is built in us when we become a Christian.

Our greatest need is justification. All of us have gaps in our goodness. We may seem like we are generally good as a person but upon real and honest reflection it becomes obvious that we are selfish people who have a track record of sin and extortion. Since that's the case, justification is our greatest need.

The Law acts as a mirror. Following the Law doesn't get us any close to the Father. Following the Law simply shows us how little we are able to follow the good rules and standards of God. If there is a hot surface on the counter and we are told not to touch in, at least once in our life that's the thing we most want to do.

The Law is a mirror that shows us that we couldn't ever possibly reach God by being good enough. It shows us the truth that, although we are decent people within society, we are still fundamentally flawed when compared to the perfect of God. The Law shows us our need for a Savior.

In fact, the best part about the Law is that Jesus is the whole fulfillment of the Law and attribute to us His Goodness and Righteousness (Propitiation).

This is our Great Hope!

Scripture References: Galatians 3:15-29

From Series: "Galatians"

Real Life is starting in a multi-week series through the book of Galatians, Paul's great Epistle (pastoral letter) to the churches near and around Galatia. Paul's primary concern is bring the church back to an understanding that the Gospel not only brings people to salvation, but the Gospel is the very essence of Christianity everyday for every Christian. You don't graduate from the Gospel. This particular church was very quick to add things to the Gospel. Such as new and old rules that would have caused the church to find reconciliation with God through their good doing instead of Christ's (Jesus') atoning work on our behalf. They were flipping the need to good deeds and works with their need to be changed and saved by the Gospel. This Epistle serves as a reminder, even to the modern church, that Jesus is enough. The Gospel is good news yesterday, today, and for the rest of life here on earth.

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