Wednesday in the Thirty-Second Week of Ordinary Time

Galatians 3:26-29

No Longer in Need of the Guardian

So now that faith has come, we are no longer under nor in need of our former guardian, the law.  It was the law’s purpose to teach us, to guide us, to hold us accountable, in short, to make us a kingdom of priests to our God (Exodus 19:6).  But we utterly failed to accomplish this; we, not just the Israelites or Jews, we, for we are no better at fulfilling the law than they were.  But in God’s secret and inscrutable will, our failure was a necessary part of his plan as that paved the way for the coming of His Son, the Son’s work on the cross, and our salvation through the Son’s blood.  So believers are thereby set free from the law; the guardian has been replaced by the Holy Spirit who birthed us anew through faith in Christ.

So Paul can triumphantly proclaim that in Christ we are all children of God through faith.  We have buried our sins in that baptismal font and been raised to new life.  The early Church also saw that font as symbolizing the womb of the Church in which sons and daughters are reborn—a beautiful image, I think.  Through that new birth, we have “put on Christ,” who/which is our new way of being in this fallen world.

And the beauty of our shared faith in him is that walls come down between us.  So believers are reconciled with God and one another.  One of my greatest joys is that I have brothers and sisters in Christ on the other side of the globe praying through the Holy Spirit to the same Savior, worshiping the same God revealed in Christ.  I have prayed with believers who spoke in a different language but still felt as much a part of them as if I knew what they were saying; and I did know, for Pentecost turns Babel upside-down.

But a word of caution which I hate to even admit and wouldn’t if it were not for brethren who abuse Scripture for political or social agendas.  Paul is not saying that sexual differentiation is obliterated by the cross, or even ethnic distinctions, for that matter.  Passages in Revelation make it clear that we shall take these bodily distinctions to heaven with us (14:4; 21:26).  And Paul teaches that there are different functions between husbands and wives in the family and men and women in the local church (see 1 Timothy 2-3 & Titus 2 for just a sample).  It is too bad that so many will not see the blessing of such diversity that creates that most beautiful thing in all of God’s creation, which Scripture calls Christ’s Church—His one and only, holy Bride.  Let us not cheapen such a sublime passage as this with gender politics, but let us rejoice with one another that we, of all people, were made His Bride.

Author: The Reformed Baptist

My name is Stephen Taylor, ordained Baptist minister of eighteen years pastoral experience with a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Better than that, I am married to a godly woman, Karla, who has been very patient with me since 1989. I have two daughters, both of whom I homeschooled for extended periods of time, who became godly young women, and who ran off and married godly young men, all of which is very proper. The oldest daughter has even seen fit to bless me with a grandson and a granddaughter, and my youngest daughter with a grandson, all three of whom are bundles of exceeding joy. As you can see, I am quite blessed. This website is dedicated to helping people grow in the wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through the gift of writing that the Lord has given to me. It is specifically about helping His people grow in godliness, the theme you see repeated above. I write devotions with this aim and hope that they might be of some help to God’s people. Full disclosure: I am of a Reformed bent, meaning that my understanding of Scripture is primarily informed by the Reformers and their successors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, as a student of church history and theology, I strive to remain true to that teaching handed down once for all unto the saints through every age of the Church. I like to think of myself as a “catholic” Christian, as the Reformers thought of themselves. At any rate, feel free to read, pray, and contact me if you wish, or correct me if need be. As you can see, I tend to follow the church year. Of course, I make no special claims about these devotions. I know very well that others have written better and plumbed the depths of God’s word with greater insight. But if my musings help someone draw closer to the Lord, well then, I have my reward. Blessings to you and may the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ speak to you that word which He knows you especially need to hear. Grace & peace, Stephen Taylor

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