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Devotional - week of June 20, 2010


rescued from the world

 

He died for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live.  Galatians 1:4 (NIV)

 

On their first missionary journey, the Lord used Paul and Barnabas to begin churches in Galatia. The Book of Galatians indicates that Paul had clearly taught them the message of living by grace. However, between Paul’s trip into Galatia and the writing of his letter to them, false teachers had arrived and taught the Galatians that they must live by the law—not by grace.

 

Paul was deeply grieved when he learned of what had happened (Galatians 4:19). He knew out of his own experience, which he details in Romans chapter 7 that in living by law one keeps the flesh in power. With the flesh in power, the Galatians would not have victory over sin and would be living as people of the world.

 

Paul knew by experience that living out one’s own spiritual crucifixion, burial and resurrection a believer can be set free from the dangers of living in the flesh—and in living like he world

 

This must be the reason the letter begins with, “He died for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live (Galatians 1:4 (NIV).”

 

The word “rescue” reveals the depth of the problem the Galatians were facing and the deep concern Paul had for them.

 

The death of Jesus can rescue us from the flesh and living like the world because He died as the Last Adam. He was crucified, buried and resurrected that the same things would become true of everyone who receives Him as Lord and Savior. As believers continue to experience these things, they are rescued from the flesh and the evil world in which we life.

 

May God continually give Christians everywhere the desire to have this experience.