Bible Passage:Gal 3:26
"For you are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus."
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Paul as a true and excellent teacher of faith, always has these words in his mouth, "by faith, in faith, of faith," which is in Christ Jesus. He does not say, You are the children of God because you are circumcised, because you have heard the Law and have done the works thereof; but by faith in Jesus Christ. The Law does not make us children of God, much less the traditions of men. The law does not beget in us a new nature, a new birth; but it sets before us the old birth, by which we were born into the kingdom of the devil, and in this manner prepares us for a new birth, which is by faith in Christ, and not by the Law. Paul would say: Although you are tormented, killed, and humbled by the Law, yet the Law has not made you righteous or made you the children of God. This is done by faith alone. What faith? Faith in Christ. Faith in Christ makes us the children of God, and not the Law. The same thing is witnessed by John: "But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name" (John 1:12). What tongue, either of men or of angels, can sufficiently extol and magnify the great mercy of God toward us, that we, who are miserable sinners and by nature the children of wrath, should be called to His grace and glory to be made the children and heirs of God, fellow-heirs with the Son of God, and lords over heaven and earth, and that, only by means of our faith in Christ Jesus!
Salvation unto us has come
By God's free grace and favor,
Good works cannot avert our doom,
They help and save us never:
Faith looks to Jesus Christ alone,
Who did for all the world atone;
He is our one Redeemer.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
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