Christ the Redeemer

Date of talk: 
Sunday, 11 December 2016
Paul Harrison
Bible verse: 
Galatians 3:10-14

On Sunday we continued our series on the book of Galatians by looking at Galatians 3:10-14.  We saw Paul re-emphasising his argument by quoting several Old Testament passages to argue that a right standing before God has never been possible by obeying the Law. No human being has ever been capable of obeying the Law sufficiently to earn right standing before God, instead God has always given it a gift to those who have faith in Him; the God of redemption behind the Law.  Ultimately God achieves this redemption for all times through Jesus’ sacrifice. It works backwards as well as forwards through history. Christ became a curse for everyone who has fallen short of God’s perfect standards and gives his perfect track record of righteousness as a free gift to anyone who puts their faith in Him.  Finally we saw that salvation has now been made available to Jews and Gentiles alike and the Holy Spirit has been given to both, marking them as God’s new people with Jesus as their/our head.

For discussion: 
  1. What spoke to you / challenged you / encouraged you from Sunday’s sermon?
  1. Jesus not only died for us, He also lived for us as well.  What impact does this understanding of the righteousness of Christ, credited to us, have on your life?  Your relationship with God?  Your relationships with others?
  1. One of the things that has stood out to me the most as we’ve preached through Galatians is what a privilege it is to be a Gentile and to be part of the people of God.  This is something we can enjoy particularly at Christmas.  What else do you worship God for particularly at Christmas time?  What truths hit home the most at this time?