Wednesday, May 1
19 Why then was the law given? It was added for the sake of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise was made would come. The law was put into effect through angels by means of a mediator. 20 Now a mediator is not just for one person alone, but God is one. 21 Is the law therefore contrary to God’s promises? Absolutely not! For if the law had been granted with the ability to give life, then righteousness would certainly be on the basis of the law. 22 But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin’s power, so that the promise might be given on the basis of faith in Jesus Christ to those who believe. 23 Before this faith came, we were confined under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith was revealed. 24 The law, then, was our guardian until Christ, so that we could be justified by faith. 25 But since that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26 for through faith you are all sons of God in Christ Jesus.
SONS AND HEIRS
27 For those of you who were baptized into Christ have been clothed with Christ. 28 There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male and female; since you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, heirs according to the promise.
Paul is pointing us to the picture of imprisonment. Our cell is the reality of the sin we have that keeps us confined. It is scripture that puts us in that prison, because it has pointed out our sinfulness. So, unable to escape we stay locked in this prison and Paul is saying the law can’t help us because the law is what put us there. Sin is a jail and we cannot break free. Only faith in Christ can release us from being locked up by our sinful state. The prison bars are strong, there’s no chance of escape on our own, there’s no opportunity for bail, and there’s no shortened sentence for good behavior. Instead, an offer is made by the warden, He’s opened the door and freely allowed you to walk out. All you must to is acknowledge you're locked up, that you deserve to be locked up, and ask Him to free you. When the enemy comes to tell you that justice means you must stay locked up, you point to He who is both just AND the justifier.
Obviously referring to ourselves as prisoners is more a metaphor than a reality when it comes to our spiritual state. However, the inner prisons we live our lives in are so detrimental and debilitating that they might as well be physical cells that keep us confined, unable to live freely. It's true, you at one time did rightfully deserve to remain in that prison of sin, guilt, shame, condemnation, and failure. Freedom was never an option for you in that state. Then enters Christ offering you justice, once and for all. He’s broken the door of your cell and is offering you a way to walk freely. What cell do you need to step out of? Let’s remember, those who have been freed no longer live like slaves.
Father, free me from anything that is keeping me bound. Give me such a clear understanding of your gospel and your truth that I step boldly out of the inner prisons of my life.
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.