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Online Bible Verses - Galatians Chapter 3: An offer I couldn't refuse
“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:26-28NIV
For those to whom revelation of the Gospel has been afforded, Christ has made on offer of free redemption. Salvation via faith alone. A gift that is consistent with the very definition of gift: free to the recipient. Can it be that simple? Given our nature, I would say it must be. I see no other way, given honest self-evaluation. My tendencies and nature, coupled with a failed personal history of addressing known defects, leads me to the unavoidable conclusion that I have no other means of standing justified before a perfect God. If He indeed took on flesh and bore my transgression, His offer becomes the one path I find for making it work. A perfect creation, with an initial plan for a two way relationship, made corrupt by one of the participating parties. Unfortunately, a genuine relationship could only exist via willing participants. Thus, to be real, free will on both sides was required. That freedom to choose, coupled with a huge number of prospective children on our side, resulted in the statistical certainty of transgression at some point. It did not take Adam and Eve long to become the first in going their own way. Certainly I would have done no better. God does not change His mind, He knew all along these events would ensue. He could not program us all as robotic like, with a forced obedience. Look at the relationships we have with our own children. They choose to know us as parents, they choose to love us. Conflict and disobedience occur along the way. There are consequences, yet we love them in a huge way. We would die for them. God sees us the same way. There have been consequences for poor choices, we see them all around us in the compromised world in which we live. Scripture tells us that a perfect God will, in time, correct for all imperfection. Creation will be restored to its original state, uncompromised by man’s unsuccessful attempt to create his own Utopia. What will be left, man’s own imperfect nature. That issue has already been addressed, by God Himself on the cross. So the offer has been put out, an offer that is free. It is the offer made to us in the verses above. God has done the heavy lifting for us, he has done what we cannot do. A little help from a friend. I can use the help and will take it.