Read This Week: Galatians 3
So in Christ Jesus, you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. – Galatians 3:26-29 NIV
To be free is an innate cry of the human heart. The very idea of being born free has inspired poems, songs, movies, and passionate speeches. Every person wants to live in a world where freedom is a way of life. It is every bit the desired experience as it is a romantic thought.
Unfortunately, not everyone has been or is born free. Some have entered into situations of oppression and captivity; a life where personal and collective freedom is not realized by law. They live under societal or religious regulations that suppress liberty and restrict autonomy.
But Galatians 3 and many other passages in the Bible, teach us that no matter where we happen to come into the world, we are not born through the law, but are brought up under the law. The law does not give us life; it regulates it. It can deny or facilitate the experience of freedom, but it can’t make one free. The law does not allow us to be born free, it incites in us a longing for freedom. The law can govern and provide a valuable society for people, but it cannot bring intrinsic value to their lives.
In this chapter, Paul continues his teaching and maintains this idea by repeating over again that it is faith in Christ and not one’s adherence to a set of laws that makes them free and a recipient of God’s promises. He says, “Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law.”
Only God can bring life, freedom, and righteousness and he did it, once and for all, through the person of Jesus Christ. And because of what He offers to us through salvation, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, you can have life, experience freedom, and share in all the promises of God.
Paul writes in verses 28-29, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” We are all children of God and free people through faith.
Be encouraged today, that in spite of your circumstances that are enslaving you or the things that make you feel like a captive, you are free. The truth of the gospel declares over your life that even if you are in prison or living in an oppressed state, you have all the freedom you need in Christ. Nothing can stop His power in your life. You are reborn free.