Review: Galatians 3:26-28: lesson # 1
Today we begin a short series based on “the doctrine of positional truth, in Christ.” What is positional truth? Positional truth is our position, or our identity, that we received the moment we trusted in Christ as our personal Savior.
Let us begin by noting that the “key” to living a successful and functional life as a believer, begins by first understanding and appreciating who God has made us to be “in Christ.” And then allowing God to live through us, producing the life of Christ. That is the key!
Brother Blades lists several scriptures where Paul is referring to our identity “in Christ.” Gal. 3:26-28; Rom. 6:3-4; 12:4-5; 1 Cor. 1:1-2; 1:30-31; 3:1; Gal. 5:6; 6:15; Eph. 1:3; 1:6-7; 2:10-12; Col. 2:8-10; 1 Cor. 1:30; Eph. 5:3-4; 4:29; 5:8; Rom. 13:11-14; 1 Cor. 15:21-22.
1. Jesus Christ is the object of our faith. the moment we trusted Christ as our substitute Redeemer, we became the children of God by faith.
2. And then there is the mechanical means by which this identification took place. It was by the operation of God, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which identified us “in Christ.” We were baptized into Christ, into his death, into his burial and resurrection, so that we are a new creation and enabled to walk in the newness of life. “That we should serve in newness of the spirit and not the oldness of the letter/law. Cf. Rom. 7:6
3. And now that we understand the mechanical means by which we are put “in Christ,” now we are to “put on Christ” in other words live like you know who you are “in Christ.” Paul goes on in Galatians to tell us what we have lost now that we have “put on Christ.”
Galatians 3:26-28: “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus”.
4. There are three categories of worldly, Adamic identity’s that are gone now that we have “put on Christ.” All distinctions are gone now. Paul tells us there is no more Jew nor Greek /Gentile, no more bond nor free, no more male nor female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. You have put on Christ, you have been accepted in the beloved, which simply means: First God sees his Son and then he sees me. Clothed in his righteousness alone!
5. Yes, our Adamic Identity has been lost forever now that we are “in Christ.” Everyone that is saved in the dispensation of grace possesses the same identity, for we have all “put on Christ.” And because of our identity we are the possessors, the beneficiaries of new things such as: “wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption, (1 Cor. 30). And as a result, Paul says we have a new name: “to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus called to be saints”(I Cor. 1:2). The songwriter wrote this song: “I’ve got a new name over in glory, and it is mine, mine, all mine.” For our citizenship is in the heavenly places!
We are called and named differently now. We are not only the “sons of God” but we are “called to be Saints.” Sanctified, set apart, made holy!
6. And finally Paul says walk worthy of your glorious, exalted position “in Christ.” For ye were sometimes darkness (our former identification in Adam) But now, are ye light in the Lord (Eph. 5:8). We are Saints, we are light (righteousness) in the Lord. Paul is admonishing us to walk as “sons (grown sons), walk as Saints, walk as complete in Christ, walk as children of light!
“Let us walk honestly as in the day.” Knowing the time.” Redeeming the time.” Let us walk (live) in the details of our lives, true to who we are in Christ, and true to what God is doing today.
KNOW THYSELF! PUT ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, SAINTS!!