But God Anchored His Blessing – Lent 34, 2021

What if God anchored His blessing to something that He knew would be abolished?  Would that not be the same thing as a broken promise, a bait-and-switch?  I love that God anchors His promises and His blessings in something so powerful that it can never be broken:  grace.

The Apostle Paul says it this way, Galatians 3:14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. 15 Brothers and sisters, let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case.  16 The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person, who is Christ.  17 What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise.  18 For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on the promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.

If the Jewish Law was what God had anchored His promise in, then Gentiles would first have to become Jews in order to be redeemed.  But God gave His promise through the same grace that was present in the Law (which Paul points out didn’t even come until more than 400 years after the promise), the same grace in Christ so that all would enter into faith and eternal life by the same means: Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith– and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, that Your grace was at work in the Law and in Your Scriptures long before it was ever displayed on the Cross.  As we continue looking at how to live as citizens of the Kingdom of God in spirit while residing in the City of Man, let us be watchful for Your grace in our lives, in large ways and small, and in ways both subtle and unmistakable.  We praise You for Your grace.  Amen.

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  • Lent 2013 looked at The Letter to the Romans: Paul’s Masterpiece to reclaim foundations of our Christian heritage and began February 13, 2013.
  •  A very special and ever popular offering was Lent 2014’s Be Still and Know that I AM God  which can be obtained through the archives beginning in March 2014. 
  • Lent 2015 began on February 18, 2015 with a series entitled With Christ in the Upper Room: Final Preparations.  We explored what is often called “The Upper Room Discourse” found in John chapters 13-17
  • ReKindle, the Lent 2016 series, began on February 10, 2016 and encouraged us to rekindle our spiritual lives.
  • Light: There’s Nothing Like It was the 2017 Lent series and explored this metaphor often used to portray Christ.  It is archived beginning March 1, 2017.
  • Lent 2018, we explored the questions of Pi and Chi (the Greek letter beginning the word Christos, which means Christ, Messiah, the Anointed One). We asked and answered the questions “Why?” from the movie Life of Pi as we discovered the uniqueness of Jesus Christ in a world of many faiths.
  • Lent 2019 gave us a deeper window into Easter “More to the Easter Story” since we miss so much when we rely only on a superficial understanding of the work of Christ. These devotionals are archived beginning March 6, 2019.
  • Our Lent 2020 devotional series offered prayer points surrounding “Be Thou My Vision” and were aimed at helping us to see God for who He is. The full set of devotionals are archived beginning February 26, 2020.

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