Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #58
Posted: September 6, 2005

IN CHRIST
A Study of Positional Truths

In Galatians 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.

The four truths are found in Galatians 4:6,19;5:6,16 which say, And because 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.

The next 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. 

In Galatians 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. 

In Galatians 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.  

 

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