Day 16

Freedom of the Christian

from the reading plan

Galatians 5:1-15, Numbers 11:1-20, Romans 2:25-29, 1 John 3:19-24

On certain spring days, when the temperature is just right and the breeze is steady, I am taken back in time to another spring, many years ago, when I was a short-term missionary in Jamaica.

Maybe you’ve had this experience: your senses take a mental snapshot of a moment—a seemingly perfect moment—so that it might be remembered forever. In this case, I was hiking back to our mission house one afternoon, talking with a friend. Something about the kingdom work we were doing on our trip, the spiritual conversation we were having as we walked, and the beauty of our surroundings made an impression deep inside of me. To this day, when the dwindling afternoon sunlight hits my eyes just right or I smell a certain combination of nearby ocean mists and fruit trees in bloom, I am transported to that moment.

My mind has taken other pictures over the years, but for reasons unknown to me, this one is the most vivid. And every time I’m taken back, the goosebumps on my arms remind me that God is present in my life, no matter my current circumstances. It’s a gift that cannot be purchased or earned. Even if I headed to the airport and boarded a flight to Kingston, I doubt the trip would have the same effect.

There are certain beautiful experiences in this world that cannot be maneuvered into being, the most precious of which is receiving the grace offered by God in Christ. Yet that’s precisely what the Galatian Christians were being talked into. There was a moment—a wonderful, amazing, unforgettable moment—for each and every Galatian believer, when they understood the gospel deep within and took hold of it as their own, when they surrendered to God’s love and traded their sins for Christ’s righteousness. But now a group of false teachers were telling them they had to earn God’s favor through obedience to certain aspects of Old Testament law, including circumcision. In short, they were being told to doubt the moment that everything in their life had changed.

Paul wrote to remind the Galatians of their freedom in Christ. Jesus paid the price for their sins, so there was now nothing standing between them and the love of God. “For you were called to be free, brothers and sisters” (Galatians 5:13). But the false teachers in their midst were preaching a twisted gospel that would render Christ’s sacrifice meaningless. If salvation must be earned, the cross accomplished nothing. To turn and follow the instructions of the false teachers would be to turn away from Christ, to reject the grace He offers. It’s no wonder Paul used such harsh language in this passage: “I wish those who are disturbing you might also let themselves be mutilated!” (v.12). This is deadly serious business.

More powerful than a sight or a smell that can transport a person back in time, Paul’s letter to the Galatians served to remind them of the moment in their own history that was truer than every lie those false teachers could think up. But his letter wasn’t just for them. The Holy Spirit inspired Paul’s words and preserved them so that you and I, nearly two thousand years later, could receive the same reminder: In Christ, we have God’s love. There’s nothing we can do to show ourselves approved. We already are, and it’s all thanks to grace, bought and paid for on our behalf at Calvary.

Written by John Greco

Post Comments (26)

26 thoughts on "Freedom of the Christian"

  1. Like!! Really appreciate you sharing this blog post.Really thank you! Keep writing.

  2. Your website often be profitable prolonged as as you devote to analyze your users.
    Do not place false ads on blogs or websites about Google Ads with links attached.
    Blogs support a good deal of creativity. http://[email protected]/phpinfo.php?

  3. I regularly find articles I’ve written picked up by others and “published” on their web services.
    Remember though, looks link directories are not created equal.
    First, analyze the website your link will be placed on.

  4. Thhiѕ design is wicked! You ⅾefinitely know how to keep
    a reader amuseⅾ. Between yoyr wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog
    (well, ɑlmost…ᎻaHa!) Fantаstic job.
    I really loved what you had to ѕay,and more thаn that, how you presrntеd it.
    Too cool!

  5. Ӏ loved this post! I reaɗ your blog fairly often ɑnd you aree always coming out witfh some greɑt stᥙff.

    I will shares this on my facebоok, instagram and some of my loyalty followers.

    Great jobs! Kеep work it wijth it.

  6. Its likе you read my mind! Yօu seem to know a lot appгoxіmately tһis, like you wrote the e-book in it or sօmething.
    I believe that yyou just coulԀ doo with some % to drive the meѕseage home a little bit,
    but other thaan that, that іs magnificent blog.
    An excellent reаd. I will certainly bee bacҝ.

  7. Lihat disini says:

    It’s ɡoing to bе ending of mine day, however before end I am reading this
    impressive piece of writing to increase my experience.

  8. Judi QQ says:

    It’s hard to come by educated people about this subject, but you sound like
    you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

  9. Nice post. I was checking continuously this blog and I’m impressed!
    Extremely helpful information specifically the last part :
    ) I care for such information a lot. I was looking for this particular info for a long time.

    Thank you and good luck.

  10. I thіnk the admin of this webb page iis in fact working hard
    for his website, since һere every informatiοn is quality basedd data.

  11. Somebody necessarily help to make critically articles I’d
    state. This is the first time I frequented your website page
    and thus far? I amazed with the research you made to create this actual submit incredible.
    Excellent process!

  12. Of course, your ads in order to be geared towards creating the biggest impact
    prospective. This helps to improve muscle tone that creates jowls.
    Your back up plan can work as a security net in these a predicament.

  13. Theree a good array off online casino games, which you’ll want to play
    at Jackpotjoy plus the aare since bingo. It is a card strategy game and you
    could play the normal 75 ball bingo as well as the 90 ball bingo.

    One connected wiyh bonus Let me always essentially the most
    of can be a cash back bonus. A cash back bonus is really a bonus that reimburses your
    deposit amount if you lose. Have tto have not really need to claim the bonus if you
    lose your deposit price. The great point about this bonus is always that if shipped to you you can withdraw your
    winnings without meeting any type of rollover requirement.
    Ought to you do lose you keep your deposit back and
    you can keep playing. The bonus returned wiill call for a rollover amount
    but this “free”money. Just not have money to play with without claiming money back
    bonus so Dislike mind in bejng necessary roll it over. Go
    shopping for onliune casino bonuses like these.

    Here end up being list from the most popuylar casino games you can encounter, its your job to discover the best game for you actually.

    In order to win on selected game, will have tto know
    first the game itself. Tutorial can actually be a big help,
    yet is practice that will help you probably the most.
    Free games at different online casinos are within your budget nowadays for your neophytes.
    Do not be afraid to try them until 100 % posible call
    youurself a pro.

    So basically, playing rollex11 mobile login at Neteller Casino for instance iss an easy
    way tto play. They’re also cheaper and are usually the correct games forr beginner and advanced
    gamblers alike. As you’ll soon realize, it’s not only about reaching to join the games yoou want
    to play because these gamees don’t cost hard earned cash.
    In addition to, you be charrged with waste your on trying the casino,
    dressing upp for the casino and maybe even takinbg out your accommodations tto play at the casino.
    In the same time, you’re savinbg yourself money and youu also save yourself

    You should play using a table which has doubling down features that offered by most belonging to the casinos to the.
    The feature of doubling down provides yoou the chance of doubling yoyr
    winnings by doubling yiur bet through getting
    a bonus card a great deal more are confident that you possess
    a strong hand. You need to geet an enjoyable and fast-paced table where there is minimal interference and interruption.
    Slow players restrict the involving money may get win by the hour.
    Youu mujst think of 21 since aim oof blackjack can be always
    to get as close as possible to 21. Maintain frokm trying to
    duplicate or beat the dealer. Essential to split pairs of Aces and 8’s, but avoid doin this on any face cards or tens.

    But therre is a method. Look carevully regatding marketplae annd will locate a small involving automatd robots (the one
    I me is Roulette Bot Pro – but tend to be two others.)
    These often come with pre-installed strategies, but I tend tto avoid any of them.
    The beauty with the robots is that yoou can put with your own betting strategy (the nine-blacks-or-reds-in-a-row strategy, for example) and then just leave your computer and
    the automated sofftware running. Once the magic sequence
    happens, confidential details immediately places your agreed stake and
    they will repeat the succession for only ass long as you
    tell it of. I have tested the nine in a row strategy and less costly .
    been consistently successful – slowly (sometimes very slowly) accumulating small wins tnat mount up over period.

    Now that you just understand that slots are purely for entertainment but may enhance your other
    skills, you take pleasure in playing slots guilt-free.
    So go ahead, do the research and discover tthe many wayss online slots can get you to a happier and more skilld person all method around!

  14. Incredible! This blog looks just like my old one! It’s on a entirely different
    subject but it has pretty much the same page layout and
    design. Superb choice of colors!

  15. My family members every time say that I am wasting
    my time here at net, but I know I am getting know-how
    all the time by reading such nice articles.

  16. Hi! Would you mind if I share your blog with my zynga group?

    There’s a lot of folks that I think would really appreciate your content.

    Please let me know. Thanks

  17. 쉴도스 says:

    Hey there! I’ve been reading your web site for some time now
    and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Houston Texas!

    Just wanted to tell you keep up the good work!

  18. What’s Happening i’m new to this, I stumbled upon this
    I’ve found It positively helpful and it has aided me out loads.

    I’m hoping to give a contribution & aid different users like its aided me.
    Good job.

  19. What’s up, I check your blogs regularly. Your story-telling style is awesome, keep doing what
    you’re doing!

  20. Afterwards, the player can download it or play it live then start having on some
    gamble. When playing with live roulette, a player gets to have interaction with a live dealer by using a cam.

  21. When you are thinking that you must use a break, explore online games.
    For you to do this, you very beautifully. All this is
    for customer’s fun and big pursuit. Which simply means you lose your cash.

  22. Oh my goodness! Amazing article dude! Thanks, However I am going through difficulties with your RSS.

    I don’t know why I cannot join it. Is there anybody else getting similar RSS
    problems? Anybody who knows the answer will you kindly respond?

  23. pkvgames777 says:

    Great beat ! I would like to apprentice while you amend your website, how could i subscribe for a blog website?
    The account helped me a acceptable deal. I had been a little
    bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered bright clear idea

  24. If yߋu drsire to grow your experience simply keep visiting this web page and bƄe updaed
    with the mоst recent information posted here.

  25. Loving the info on this internet site, you have done great job on the articles.

  26. suba suba says:

    8Tr9ZS yes, investigation is paying off. My personal browsing efforts seem full.. thank you. I appreciate you telling your perspective.. So pleased to have discovered this post..

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *