Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
This is so easily cast aside in our conversations. We find ourselves complaining about others or criticizing them, when , in fact, we should be speaking positively, building each other up. Notice that the kind of conversation that builds one another up is beneficial to all who are listening.
Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given me to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.
In the Amplified version of the Bible, the word riches is translated “wealth which no human being could have searched out”. Man has searched out many riches – gold, diamonds, uranium, copper, silver and fabulous wealth from businesses: coffee, computers, space exploration. None of this can be considered the riches of Christ. His boundless, fathomless, unable to be calculated, abundant riches are those of righteousness and holiness. Unconditional love, an ability to forgive that is never exhausted, the wisdom of heaven, the joy of the Lord, the peace that goes beyond understanding, these are the riches of Christ which cannot be stolen or destroyed. They are ours forever.
This chapter clearly explains our adoption into God’s family, God’s nation. Through Christ, we are no longer the “unclean”, the “untouchable”, the “outsiders”. Now we belong. Because of Christ, by God’s grace, we are God’s people. We enjoy His favor.
…Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, (vs. 14), who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of his glory.
The Holy Spirit is a deposit/down payment on our inheritance of eternal life. when you make a down payment on a house, you are making a commitment to 20 or 30 years of debt, payable each month until paid in full. The Holy spirit is God’s down payment on our lives from the moment of salvation throughout eternity. We sign our commitment in ink. God signs His eternal commitment to us in the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation.
The message of Galatians, the message of the cross – unbound from the law of sin and death, we are born again into a new life, a spiritual one. No longer governed by rules and regulations, we are new creations. We are ruled by the love of Christ, and we are channels of his love to those around us.
You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope.
This verse says clearly, if you are trying to be justified by the law, you have fallen away from grace. if we fall away from grace, which is the free gift of God’s love and friendship, unearned by us, how then an we share it with others? Instead of serving them in love, we will expect then to “measure up” as we are doing. So, living in the freedom Christ provides through grace, means walking free in the friendship of God, making it possible to love others by serving them.
But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba”, Father. So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir. See also John 1: 12 and 13
Not only are we no longer slaves, now we are sons (children) of God. We will receive the inheritance of sons. The difference here is, that the inheritance will not be divided up among the children, each getting a small portion. No, each of us who is a child of God will receive the full inheritance. Amazing!
Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed. So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law.
,What a great picture: prisoners of the law. Knowing we are sinners, but unable to be “good enough”, the Law shows us our sin, but does not show us how to change from within. Then, Christ died for us, and the Law was rendered powerless, the doors were flung open, and we are no longer slaves to sin. Not that we will never sin again, but we now have the freedom not to sin, and we have faith to believe the sin is paid for in Christ. Oh, the glorious knowledge that if we confess our sin, and repent, it is remembered no longer!
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
This is an unarguable fact: with Jesus, lives are changed, hearts are changed, motives, motivations and mindsets are entirely different. WE no longer live, but Christ lives in us. We are God’s hands, His feet, His voice to the world. The love of Jesus flows out of us to touch others.
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory or ever and ever. Amen.
God’s plan: to rescue us rom the evil of the present age. He provided an ark of safety – Jesus Christ. God gave us to Jesus, and He redeemed us . Just as the ark rescued the animals and Noah’s family from the flood, we are rescued from this evil world. What does this mean in our everyday lives? We have the freedom to make choices to walk in the ways of God, to use the wisdom of God, to love and not to hate, even as we live in a world that rejects this God we love.