Posted: August 25, 2005
A Study of Positional Truths
our study this week of ‘IN CHRIST’ truths in Galatians 3:26-29 which
“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.”
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.
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.’