“What’s in Your Wallet?” – Galatians 2:15-16

Galatians 2:15-16
“We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.”
“Membership has its privileges” – touted American Express in the ’90s. Paul was drawing on his privilege as a member of the “Jews by birth” club, identifying with those who looked down on the “Gentile sinners” because they lacked the millennia of background and context common to God’s chosen people. Paul was saying, “Take it from me, I’m one of you. But as one of you, I can tell you, the old ways no longer work.” 
Sometimes the old ways can get in the way. The Old Testament reveals a path to redemption through a promised messiah. Understanding this gives richer significance to what Jesus did through his life, teachings, death, and resurrection. But prior knowledge of the Old Testament background or adherence to the old covenant laws weren’t a prerequisite to benefitting from a new life offered through Christ. The law – the old way, was to be left at the door upon entering the new covenant. 
Faith is the currency of the new covenant. Works are no longer accepted as credit. So as we consider what we bank on to put us in the right relationship with God, we might go to another card slogan and ask, “What’s in your wallet?”  
While using the HEAR method (see below) consider the following questions:  
  • What old ways are getting in your way of living in faith, the currency of the new covenant?
  • What “membership” do you hold that gives you access to speak truth to those within your influence?  

Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you?
Explain – what does the passage mean? 
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today? 
Respond – how is God leading you to respond? 

Today’s post is by Jon Price, Associate Pastor
Photo by Avery Evans on Unsplash

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