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God calls us to love and serve others just as Jesus did 

Lisa Cunningham MA , BA(Hons)
Christian artist and author
international exhibitions

always with meGod calls us to love others and serve others just as Jesus did, by the power of the same Holy Spirit and in the same freedom we have with grace. By nature we want to earn salvation. It seems an offence to the flesh to simply accept that we cannot. But it is an offence to Him to believe that we can.  Context meaning significance
 

We receive the promise of the Spirit (Acts2:38, 39) the same way we receive salvation through Christ. God wants us to serve Him with a willing heart full of love. Christ died to reconcile us to God. We are transformed from within as we gaze lovingly on Christ and what He chose to do for us. We cannot qualify ourselves for God's favour

 

What purpose then did the Law serve? It was added because of the transparency till the seed come of whom the promise was made: and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator.  (Galatians 3:19)

 

The Law is a reflection of the beauty and holiness and the perfection of God. This is written on stone and it needs to be written on the heart. Moses is unable to take the Jews into the promised land but the successor of Moses, Joshua (Jesus) leads the people in. The failure of the Sinai covenant, failure of man's best effort, failure of Israel out of which salvation comes. God says there’s a better way. God made a new covenant: 

Jeremiah 31:31
Jeremiah 31:33

But this is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after those days says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God and they will be my people


Ezekiel 36:26 

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh”

This was anticipated in: 
Deuteronomy 30:6
And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live

 

God will make you a new covenant and circumcise hearts
 

The Law was intended to reveal sin, not to make us righteous. It was a temporary measure introduced to convince people of their need for justification and that we are incapable of saving ourselves. This would point them to Christ. The Law is inferior to the promise having come through angels and Moses in contrast to
 

Contrast to the promise itself which came directly from God to Abraham. The teachings were given direct from the Father given by his first born Son, Jesus Christ. The earlier Law to Moses was mediated by the hands of an angel and angels. Paul and John thought that the Law was inferior to the Gospel and that the Law of Christ was set upon unwritten Laws focusing on the love coming from Christ himself. There were vast differences between the two. It is one or the other. Either we walk the way of grace which Christ earned for us and with the Holy Spirit and succeed or we travel the route of self effort and fail under the bondage of the Law. The Law is not contrary to the promise (made to Abraham) but they are complimentary to one another. The Law demanded righteousness but had no power to make anyone righteous

 

The Law directed us to Christ. It restricted us as a jailer and as a disciplinarian until a time as our faith in Christ brought us freedom
 

Christ brought us into freedom of rightful heirs and adopted us as sons

 

The seed. The promise was not to all descendants of Abraham. It found it's fulfilment in Christ and thus in those who are united in Him. Paul stresses the deity of Jesus in that he was God's Son, His humanity, that he was born of a woman and his subjection to the Law. God sent Jesus to rescue us from slavery

 

The justification of man means that we are sons of God. We are made sons of God through the faith. That faith is in Christ Jesus. We are baptized into Christ

 

In this context “mediator” refers to Moses bringing the law to the people, along with angelic assistance