I am often drawn to the third chapter of Galatians with Christmas only days away. Under the influence of the Holy Spirit, Paul wrote, “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’ Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God” (Gal. 3:4-7). I only meant to quote the third verse, but the four verses together serve as a beautiful literary unit listing no less than four benefits believers have in Christ! I’ll only mention the first in this entry: redemption. At the right time, God sent Jesus to redeem (purchase) His people (“those who were under the Law” who would be adopted). Redemption is a repeated theme in Luke’s gospel account of the incarnation. Zacharias mentioned it after the birth of his son (1:68). Anna made the connection between Jesus and redemption in the temple (2:38). Humans need to be redeemed in order to be saved. It is a necessary ingredient in the ordo salutus (the order of salvation). Today, I praise God for His awesome plan which resulted in a perfect Savior providing perfect redemption at the perfect time!
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