I Am Who God Says I Am

So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world. But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Galatians 4:3-5

The purpose of the Mosaic Law was to reveal God’s character and the relationship He wanted to have with the children of Israel. It was intended to teach them how to conduct their lives so they could reflect God’s glory to the nations around them. However, the children of Israel were unsuccessful because the Law was unable to take care of the sin issue, denying them access to God. In Galatians 4:3, Paul states that the time period of the Mosaic Law was one of slavery to the elemental things of the world. This captivity was the result of people being unable to keep God’s good and righteous laws. So rather than the blessing of the Law, people were under its curse.

Then Jesus shows up on the scene at the exact time that Father God chose. He was born under the Law (v.4). He perfectly kept God’s good and righteous laws, “so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons” (v.5).

Remember the day you decided to receive God’s free gift of salvation? You repented of your sin. You asked Jesus to forgive you. You asked Him to fill your life and become your Savior and Lord. At that moment, the miracle of miracles took place in your life. Your spirit man was reborn. Your sin was completely washed away. As far as the east is from the west, God removed your sin from you. You became a new creation. You became the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit filled your life. In the courtroom of heaven, the case of Heaven verses (insert your name) took place with Father God, the Judge of the Universe, presiding. Jesus presented you to the Judge and said, “On account of my death and resurrection, the demands of the law of God have been met concerning the case against (insert your name).” God the Judge looked at you; He lifted His gavel and, while striking the bench, declared, “Not Guilty!”

Jesus paid the ransom for your debt of sin with His own life. This is redemption. Romans 4:25, “He (Jesus) was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.” Justification is the acquittal, the declaration of being righteous before God as Judge, just as if you had never sinned. 2 Corinthians 5:21, “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Righteousness means to be in right standing with God. Everything between you and God has been made right. There is no longer any hostility between you and God.

When God looks at you, He does not see you as a sinner anymore! He calls you His child! You are a member of the family of God because Jesus gave His life and paid the price for your sins. God calls you redeemed. God calls you justified. God’s wrath has been satisfied. God calls you righteous. You have access to the very presence of God.

John 1:12, “But as many as received Him (talking about receiving Jesus), to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” Don’t let condemnation, guilt, or unworthiness dictate your identity anymore. Declare to yourself, to God and the world, “I am a Child of God.” “ I am who God says I am!”

Pastor Tom

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