Tuesday, December 1, 2009

90) Abraham’s true heirs

Galatians 3:27-29 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. (28) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (29) And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.

There is only one category of spiritual people. It does not matter whether one is Jew or Greek, male or female, slave or free. Being Jewish or the children of believers has nothing to do with spiritual redemption. The only thing that matters is being in Christ Jesus by faith. If a person is in Christ by faith, then he is Abraham’s offspring and heirs according to the promise. It does not depend on human will, exertion, or baptizing infants. It depends only on God’s grace and mercy and Paul makes this very clear in Romans 9. Unless a person is in Christ Jesus through faith he is not in any kind of spiritual covenant relationship with God.

Focus on Christ #90

1 comment:

mark pierson said...

"By faith", "through faith"... This is truely key. Many a calvinist are inprecise in handling this matter leaving many a calvinist detractor to believe that we preach eternal justification, as though the believer did not ever have to once come to Christ in repentant faith. Until one does the elect one is just as much under the sway of the wicked one, and just as much in line to suffer God's wrath as the hardened sinner.