The Law and the Promise.

It’s amazing how relevant the Word is and how much sense it makes. It never contradicts itself and always agrees with everything else in it. I can’t find a flaw, not that I’m really looking.

I was reading Galatians and was intrigued by the way Paul called out Cephas in front of everyone for being a hypocrite and a jerk. I love a good smack-down. But, I was soon taken aback by a revelation of the law and the promise.

Before I knew Christ, I was under the law. In Galatians 3, the law is called a guardian.

“A defender, protector, or keeper…A person who looks after and is legally responsible for someone who is unable to manage their own affairs, especially an incompetent or disabled person or a child whose parents have died.”

Definition of guardian

I fall under that definition. I was an orphan before Christ, before my knowledge and acceptance of Him. An orphan needs a guardian – someone to keep them safe and in line – a foster parent in a sense, until someone decides to adopt them. Until Christ came, until I accepted Him into my heart, I needed a guardian. Thus, the law.

In Galatians, it says the law is a curse to those who rely on it. Those who say, “I’m a good person,” or, “I don’t break the rules,” etc. will have a rude awakening on the day they stand before the Father. Their guardian, the law, will condemn them. Until Christ, I relied on the law. I tried not to break it, but was unable to live up to its standard.

When I came to Christ, He took me out from under the law. He led this captive, captive. I am no longer an orphan and no longer in need of the guardian that would ultimately condemn me (for “there is none righteous, not even one” – Rom 3:10). When I accepted Christ, I was adopted as God’s daughter. The law legally had to hand me over to Christ because He paid for me. Now, I can come confidently before the throne, assured of my glad welcome because I am a daughter of God through faith in Jesus. I am no longer measured against the law, but Christ who fulfills the law.

“But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.”

Galatians 4:4-5

Jesus my adoption legal by paying the ultimate price for me. People who have adopted children have paid a price. They paid money, gave their time, and their hearts to adopt an orphan. Why? For love.

Jesus came as a human, lived under the law, suffered immense torture and pain in my place, and ultimately died a horrible death. My death. He took the curse of the law on Himself once and for all, dying on a cross, and descending into hell to pay my ransom. That’s a hefty price to pay for a person, especially one who put Him on the cross in the first place. Why did He do it? For love. He did it to bring me into His family, free me from my captor, and bring me to life abundant with Him. Praise God.

I’m sitting here thinking about what my life was like before I truly knew Jesus. How chained and trapped I felt! I would never be enough. The point of life completely eluded me and I was constantly striving for attention and affection that I knew would never satisfy my endless longing. Now, although I’m still learning what it means to be God’s daughter, I am free. I’m protected, secure, and provided for. I belong, am sure of my place with God, and am loved with a love that cannot be expressed with mere human words.

Challenge: Think about who you were and what God did for you when He adopted you. Consider how much He had to love you to pay the price to bring you into His family. Have you ever known such a love as this? Thank Him for His immeasurable grace and just take a few moments to let it sink in.

Prayer: Father, thank you for adopting me. Thank you for bringing me into Your family and loving me enough to pay the price for my life. I’m so grateful for the sacrifice You made for me. Thank you for freeing me from the condemnation I deserve. Help me to better understand Your love and never take for granted the grace You’ve shown me. Remind me of my desperate need for You. Help me to rejoice in every moment now because I have been saved. Help me to share the Good News with other people who are orphans. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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