Monday, March 4, 2013

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

“Justified by faith in Jesus Christ”
Gal. 3:23-29
“In Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.” [Gal. 3:26]
Preface: Apostle Paul is revealing a great fortune, an emphatic exposition of justification through faith which was a mystery to mankind. Till that time, human race was led by law towards justifica-tion without compassion and personal realm. Who else is more qualified to witness about justifica-tion through faith than Apostle Paul who got justified from Saul to Apostle Paul. Today Let us di-rect our muse based on below three aspects.
Christ The Guardian: Our Lord and savior Jesus is assuming the role of guardian in place of law instituted by Moses. We got freed from the bondage of sins with no blemish of imperfections; our in-obedience is forgiven and expunged without trace when we truly repent. In 2 Corinthians 5:7 we are reminded “For we live by faith, not by sight”. The promise is all about Christ the guardian who makes us stand firm and Him who is Omnipresent and walks with us. Here we are seeing the culmi-nation of all the laws in Christ so that there is a righteous life for everyone who walks in His coun-sel.
Children Of God: Numerous blessing await children of God. Primarily, we achieve peace with God when justified by faith. We must understand the difference between right and privilege. The former comes to us by birth being a child; no one takes that right until death whereas later is con-ferred upon us which is revocable. We as heir apparent of Lords kingdom are entitled to Almighty’s immeasurable grace and boundless mercy. This does not mean that the boundless mercy can be misused for going astray; instead it’s important to be in His favor. This inheritance provides us un-interrupted access to father God. We are beloved children made carefully and wonderfully to walk with God. Lord has a definite plan for us, as revealed through prophet Jeremiah, a plan to prosper and give us hope and bright future.
Convergence Of Subjects: Though humans are the sublime creation of God, we are one among His many subjects. Justification through faith brings a level of equality and no one is kept aside. All are equally eligible for the greater grace and acceptance. Let us enjoy and feel safe in the presence of our custodian and savior Jesus Christ who makes us worthy enough to be justified to receive the inheritance in faith and live in fellowship with mutual respect and care for one another.

Prayer: Heavenly father, help us to grow in faith, cleanse us to live a justified life of righteousness having reverence to you in high and compassion to fellow beings. Amen

Thought for the Day: “Trust in faith and believe in the assurance given through Calvary.”

Monish K. John, Chicago Mar Thoma Church