8th December 2017

We Change Because God Sent His Son 

“For what the Torah could not do by itself, because it lacked the power to make the old nature cooperate, God did by sending his own Son as a human being with a nature like our own sinful one [but without sin]. God did this in order to deal with sin
Romans 8:3 (CJB)

A nation’s laws might regulate society, but they don’t fundamentally change who we are. Not even the Law of Moses, which was “added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come” (Galatians 3:19 NKJV), could transform those without the Spirit into people who are led by the Spirit. Thus, the Law did not deal with sin, exacting forgiveness for it and eradicating it from our sinful nature. This is the reason why God sent his Son, to take on and to transform our human condition.

Paul, who had been immersed in the Old Testament laws and traditions from childhood, was writing to Christians in Rome, where Roman law ruled not just in the city itself but also throughout its Empire. Both Paul and the Romans understood the power of law. But when it came to following Jesus, Paul wanted Christians to grasp fully that just to be a law-abiding citizen is not enough. A Christian is transformed, not by law, but through the one whom God has sent.

Jesus was “the Seed that should come”. A promised child, but his birth was greater than the birth of Isaac who was born to Sarah and Abraham. When Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us, grace entered our lives and change for the good became possible.

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, as we dine and wine together, pulling crackers and having a good time, singing carols and watching repeats on TV, remember always that God sent His Son.

And, because God sent His Son, we can change.

Thank you, Father, that you sent your Son, Jesus, that we might walk in the light of his grace and be led by the Holy Spirit. In Jesus
’ name.

Study by James Henderson


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James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.

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