Daily email Number 215 – from the Vicar

Welcome to Monday.
Our reading from the Bible today is Galatians Chapter 3 verse 26 through to Chapter 4 verse 7 which is quite a thrilling passage, and contains some of the more well-known verses in this letter which I highlighted at the beginning of this series.
We often refer to the Lord Jesus as the Son of God (capital S for Son), which expresses some kind of uniqueness and quite rightly too. However these verses (vs.26-28) at the end of Chapter 3, tell us that all those who have put their faith in Christ are also sons (or perhaps children) of God.  We have joined the family (or been adopted into the family) and God, the creator of the whole universe, is our Father too.  And when you are in the family by faith, it doesn’t matter about your racial background, Jew or Gentile; your economic condition, slave or free; your gender, male or female; ‘for you are all one in Christ Jesus’ (which has been the wonderful strapline of the Keswick Convention from the early days).
I spoke yesterday that I, as a Gentile believer myself, in some way see the Wise Men in the Christmas story as my spiritual forebears, as they come and worship the Christ child.  But these verses also tell me that I am linked spiritually to Abraham as well, the Father of God’s people right back in Genesis Chapter 12, and an heir of the promises and blessings outlined there.  Wow!!
And then the beginning of Chapter 4 seems to say that we, who are united in Christ by faith, are not young children who are subject to guardians and trustees because we are not mature enough to be given responsibility ourselves (so indeed we might as well still be seen as slaves).  But actually because Christ has now come ‘just at the right time’, we are given full rights as sons, and we are given God’s Holy Spirit into our hearts, so indeed we can cry out to God, ‘Abba, Father’. Abba being an Aramaic word which has a much more intimate feel, something like our modern-day Daddy.  God our Father is not distant and remote, but actually close and personal.
These are thrilling verses to warm our hearts in these days, and remind us of our standing in Christ, and with God our Father, because of Christ.  Enjoy this, and may it lead to praise and thanks from our hearts.
From our church address list please remember in your prayers today,
– Tina McGowan- Azaria, Charlene’s older niece.

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