Ever wonder why you still had a “conscience” before coming to know Christ? Ever wonder why that conscience, once broken, you usually never returned? Paul does. And it has everthing to do with the law and Christ.
1. The law was intended to be a nanny.
We were orphans without a home. The law was designed to be a nanny that kept us safe from harm until we find our home.
Even before coming to Christ there were lines you didn’t cross. You also saw that you had lines you wouldn’t cross…but then you crossed them…and probably never returned.
That was the “nanny” trying to keep us safe. But we rebelled against the nanny. And when we rebel against the nanny, we hide from the nanny.
Afterall, it’s just the nanny.
2. In Christ, we are adopted as children of God.
Under faith, we are in Christ. And when we’re in Christ, we’re adopted. We don’t need the nanny anymore. We have a Father.
When we are baptized in Christ, we have put on Christ. Yeah, put on, as in clothing.
Clothing is a picture of righteousness throughout all the Bible. The Emporer gives us his clothes.
And we may (read: will) end up playing in the dirt again, even with the new Father. But with our Father, he will always bring us back inside, clean up the dirt and restore us again. We do not need to hide…like we did from our “nanny.”
These are amazing statements that must make their way into application. Christ is our everything. He is what covers us. And we must spend our life going after him.
The law isn’t something to pursue. Christ is. He will always lead us to righteousness.
Losing My Religion is a sermon series about being free from religious superiority. Read along with us in Galatians and Matthew 23 with our Reading Plan. Today’s reading is from Galatians 3:23-29.