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The Scriptures ascribe no righteousness to Abraham except through faith. Martin Luther⇦Tweet that!
Family of Origin Issues
When he was in high school his father announced to the family he was leaving. The deadbeat dad explained his decision with these words, “I haven’t been happy for a long time.”
The father’s words sliced a deep wound in his heart. The young man started to look at himself not as someone who did bad things, but someone who was just bad. Unaware of the birth of this shame in his heart, he coped. He went back to school that day and moved on.
But the shouts from hell increased in volume and intensity. “You’re a piece of dirt. Your dad had to leave your family because he wasn’t happy! What kind of a son, what kind of a human being are you? You’re flawed, irreparably and hopelessly flawed.”
And then, he met Jesus.
The moment he trusted in the Son, he was made a part of another family. The family of Father Abraham. The family he was reborn into by faith, not by works.
His story is the story of each of us who have received the love of God in Christ by trusting in His Son. It’s always been that way.
In today’s podcast I’m teaching Galatians 3:6-9. Paul declares that the true children of Abraham, his spiritual descendants, are those who receive the blessing of righteousness through faith.
The point of today’s podcast and notes is clear: Faith in God, not works for God, set His people apart from all others.⇦Tweet that!
Your Spiritual Family History
If you’re a Christian–someone who has believed in Jesus–Paul wants you to know that your family history should give you assurance that you belong to God…forever!
His logic is tight:
- Major Premise: Abraham was justified by faith, and his true children are those who, like him, put their faith in his God (3:6-7; Genesis 15:6).
- Minor Premise: God promised Abraham that all the nations would be blessed because of his faith (3:8; Genesis 12:3, 18:18).
- Conclusion: Gentiles who believe are blessed with the same blessing Abraham received by faith (3:9; Genesis 12:3, 18:18).
Note: Paul uses the Greek expression, ek pisteo, three times in 3:6-9. It is accurately translated “by faith” in the NKJV or “those who believe” in the NET Bible. The expression literally means “those who are from faith” and denotes separation. It is an emphatic way for Paul to say that faith in God was the starting point for Abraham and all of his true spiritual descendants. What sets Christians apart from all others is our faith in the faithful Christ.
Your Family Distinctive
Never forget that what first sets the people of God apart from all others is our faith in Him!
Abraham was declared righteous when he believed all that God said about him and his future. You were declared righteous when you believed in what He said about you and your future—He would forgive your sins, give you eternal life, and prepare a place for you in heaven if you would believe in His Son, Jesus Christ.
It doesn’t get any better than this: Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.⇦Tweet that!
As you listen, please keep in mind this conversation has the potential to begin healing you from the deep, shaming wounds we all carry with us from our home of origin.
Question: How does meditating on your spiritual family help you heal from the wounds of your family of origin?