April 4: Union With Christ Gives Us the Two-fold Blessing of Justification and the Indwelling Spirit of Christ.

Galatians 3:13-14. Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— 14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.

Jesus became our curse so that we might become his blessing. Here in Galatians 3:14 Paul gives us two statements that summarize this blessing.

The blessing of Abraham comes to the Gentiles.

What is the blessing of Abraham? It is justification by faith.

Galatians 3:8. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.”

In Genesis God enacted a covenant with Abraham. This covenant promised Land, Seed, and Blessing to Abraham and his descendants. Now in Galatians we are hearing some shocking news- the blessing of the Abrahamic Covenant is for EVERYONE.

Related imageIn you shall all nations be blessed.

The “In you” refers to the promised SEED, the Messiah, who would come through Abraham.

The “be blessed” refers to the blessing of justification- that is to be declared not guilty and fully righteous. To receive the righteousness of God.

The “all the nations” refers to the Gentiles. All can be saved.

Galatians 3:28. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

The Spirit comes by faith.

We not only receive the justification of Christ, we receive the Spirit of Christ. The Spirit was promised by Christ as the new Comforter that would come when Christ ascended.

Related imageAnd the Spirit ministers the life of Christ to us. The Spirit is not only the promise, but He is also the Power (as we will see in future verses). He imparts the divine zoe into our lives. This all comes by faith (never works). As we move forward in Galatians we will need to remember that the indwelling Spirit IS the indwelling life of Christ. And Christ is the historic Jesus (the one in the Bible) that lived, and died, was crucified, and rose again. The person that indwells us is an actual historic person who loves us and gave himself for us (Gal. 2:20); he’s not just some force.

“To live is Christ” means that we have been freed from the curse and received the blessing of the promise of Abraham, which is our justification. Beyond this, we have been given the promised Spirit as the proof of the justified life of Christ in us.

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