Posted: September 6, 2005
A Study of Positional Truths
we are confronted with four more great IN CHRIST truths. Let us
remember Paul is dealing in this book with the issues of law and grace.
These people had been converted to Christ but were trying to please God
by the outward work of keeping the laws of Judaism. There are Galatians
among us even today. I’m not preaching a lawless gospel that allows man
the liberty to do as he pleases. I preach the law of Christ which is a
higher law that man cannot attain to by a keeping of outward rules and
standards devised by religious mankind.
truths are found in Galatians 4:6,19;5:6,16 which say,
ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts,
crying, Abba, Father. My little children, of whom I travail in birth
again until Christ be formed in you,...For in Jesus Christ neither
circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which
worketh by love. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not
fulfil the lust of the flesh.”
In the first
IN CHRIST truth of Galatians 4:6 we are confronted with the truth of
PLACEMENT IN CHRIST. Paul tells us that God the Father has sent the
Spirit of His Son to dwell in His people. We know Him as the Holy
Spirit. Jesus tells us that the Holy Spirit is one like Himself. His
placement in us is for comfort, conviction, control, and a guide in all
our affairs. Paul tells us there will be a ‘cry’ in our hearts of Abba,
Father. Say the word ‘Abba’ several times and pay close
attention to the movement of your tongue. You will notice that there is
no movement. This is the very first words of a baby in dependence upon
their parent. The word has an intimate endearment. It is akin to our
word ‘Papa’, ‘DaDa’. May we enter into this place of dependency and
never desire to leave it until we see Him face to face.
truth we are confronted with is Galatians 4:19. It is here we see the
PERFECTING IN CHRIST. Paul speaks of Christ being formed in the
believer. The word ‘formed’ means to shape or fashion into
existence. Christ in the believer must become enlarged within us before
we realize who we are IN HIM. Paul tells us it takes the ‘travailing
in birth’ pains of others for Christ to be formed in us. There must
be the birth pains of prayer that others may come into the
maturity of Christ. There must be the birth pain of patience.
We must continue to carry the little weak sheep until they can stand
alone. I feel we are sending folks down the ‘Romans Road’ mill, get a
decision and leave them to form Christ on their own.
5:6 we are confronted with the truth of POWER IN CHRIST. Paul
tells us our power for Christian living is not the outward things we do
or don’t do. Faith in Jesus Christ is our power source. What is
involved in the faith life? The writer of Hebrews says faith is simply
believing God ‘is’. How often do my actions and reactions say that I
believe God ‘is not’. When we believe that He ‘is’ it releases all that
He ‘is’ in us and through us.
5:16 we are confronted with the PRACTICE IN CHRIST. Once we are
sure of our place in Him God begins a perfecting work in us, releases
His power through us, and it is then our practice will be changed. Paul
tells us to ‘walk in the Spirit’. The word ‘walk’ means
the ordering of ones life. Let us order our life controlled by the
Spirit and centered in Christ. When we do this we will not fall prey to
the actions of our fallen Adamic nature.
Let us not return to the beggarly elements of rules and regulations of
the legalistic movement. Let our righteousness exceed that of those who
emphasize convictions and standards of the outward man. Let ours be the
righteousness of Christ which can only be produced by Him living His
fullness in us and through us.