In this passage, Paul prioritizes three main points. First, he teaches that as Christians, we are the true and eternal covenant people of God – who are only qualified by those who have faith in trust in Jesus’ death and resurrection. Second, he teaches that as sinners who were previously unsaved, we lived under the Law of God as slaves to sin; but now, as Christians, we are set free from the Law and now live in the grace, power, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Third, Paul teaches that as Christians, we are literally adopted into God’s family by His grace, the finished work of Jesus on the cross, and the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit.
To simplify this down to one statement, one could summarize Paul’s entire message by stating this: As Christians, we are adopted in God’s eternal family by faith in Jesus Christ.
Not only do we want our students to understand this incredibly important doctrine, but we also want them to learn how this applies to their day to day lives. We want them to know that other Christians around them are their eternal brothers and sisters in Christ who are literally closer to us than any non-Christian relationship we will ever have in this world. Also, this lesson teaches us that Christians are not defined by skin color, gender, age, or social status – but only by those who genuinely believe the Gospel of Jesus. Knowing this, we can teach our students with confidence this week at youth that they not only have brothers and sisters in Christ here in Elberton…but they also have brothers and sisters in Christ around the globe!
Finally, and most practically (I think), we want our students to understand Galatians 3:27 this week. That verse reads: “For those of you who were baptized into Christ have been clothed with Christ.” This verse teaches that as Christians, we literally “put on” the very character and nature of Jesus in how we live. Therefore, we as Christians are actually called to reflect the character of Jesus Christ in everything that we do. This is incredibly important for our students to understand! And I for one cannot wait to teach them this truth on Wednesday.
As always, please pray that our students would receive this lesson with open ears and open hearts. Please pray that those of our students who are in Christ would be strengthened/sanctified by this week’s lesson, and pray that any student or students who come who are not Christians would be won to the Gospel by God’s grace and by the power of the Holy Spirit.