Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #57
Posted: August 25, 2005

IN CHRIST
A Study of Positional Truths

We continue our study this week of ‘IN CHRIST’ truths in Galatians 3:26-29 which says, For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.  And if ye be Christ: then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” 

In these verses we are confronted with five different relationships to Christ in His justifying work of redemption.  The number ‘five’ is the number of grace.  This work of grace is truly an amazing work. 

The first relationship to Christ in verse 26 is the ‘Transformation’ of justifying grace.  Paul tells us ‘by faith in Jesus Christ’ we are made children of God.  We are told in other scriptures we have no faith of our own but we are given the faith of Christ.  This faith ‘Transforms’ us into children of God.  The transformation is from a slave to a son.  We are no longer a slave condemned by the law but we are Sons of God through grace.  The word ‘children’ is the word for mature and full grown.  When we are placed in Christ we have all the rights of a full grown adult.  It matters not if you came in a year ago or at the midnight hour.  It matters not if you have been save 8 days or 80 years.  We have all the rights of an adult, mature child of God.  We who are in Christ are the Sons of God.

In verse 27 we are confronted with the ‘Testimony’ of justifying grace.  We who have faith in Christ have been ‘baptized into Christ’.  The baptism here is not a water baptism but a spiritual baptism.  We have been baptized by the Spirit into Christ.  The word ‘baptized’ means to place into or immerse into another.  This truth has eternal position as well as practical implications.  We were by position placed into Christ by the Spirit before the world began. (Ephesians 1:4)  We were placed into Christ in practice by the Spirit at the time of our conversion.  My, my, what a ‘Testimony’ of justifying grace.  Let us tell it wherever we go.  Because of this baptism we have put on Christ.  This putting on of Him keeps the flesh from fulfilling the lust of its desires.  The robing of ourselves with Christ brings our mind, mouths, and manners under His control.

In verse 28 we are confronted with the ‘Together’ work of justifying grace.  Paul tells us all the religious walls of the Jews and Gentiles have been torn down.  All the human walls of male and female have been torn down.  We are now made one in Christ Jesus.  We lose our identity in Him.  It is no longer me but only Him.  We are certainly ‘Together’ with Him.  We can not tell where we end and He begins.  We are lost in Him.  When God looks at us He sees only His Son.  What He thinks to be true of His Son, He thinks to be true of me.  I thank Him today for placing me ‘Together’ in oneness with Christ Jesus.  Because of Christ it can be said of us ‘We have it all Together’.

In verse 29 we find the ‘Treasure’ of justifying grace.  Paul tells us ‘if we be Christ, then we are Abraham’s seed’.  We are Jews by a supernatural birth.  We have all the rights and promises of the heirs of God.  As a matter of fact we are joint-heirs with Christ.  We get what the heir gets.  What does Christ have?  He has it all.  Because I am in Him, I too will inherit it all.  I can say with the songwriter, ‘Justified fully through Calvary’s flood, O what a standing is mine. All of Grace is my story, All the way from earth to glory.’

 

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