BCL Grow: Heirs of Promise — Galatians 3:28-29

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Galatians 3:28-29 (Adoption)

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Bible Passage

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. — Galatians 3:28-29


“Just as the tabernacle was never intended to be a settled item in the plan of redemption but was to point to Christ’s tabernacling among his people (cf. John 1:14), and just as the sacrificial system could never atone for sins but could only foreshadow the offering of the Son of God (Heb. 9:23-26), so in a similar manner Abraham received the promise of the land but never experienced the blessing of its full possession.” — O. Palmer Robertson, The Israel of God: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, p. 13.

Steps to Take

1. Reflect: Are there two people of God or one? What unites all the people of God from every tribe, language, people, and nation?

2. Remember: Scripture plainly teaches that all those who trust in him are united as one people of God—his church (Eph. 2:12-21). Even Abraham looked in faith to the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ (John 8:56). By adoption all who are in Christ are heirs of Abraham—heirs of the promises God made to him. Abraham’s offspring are joined together by Christ Jesus just as God promised.

3. Rejoice: Be grateful that Christ is building his church, the dwelling place of God. He has broken down the dividing wall between Jews and Gentiles. Rejoice that if you trust in Christ then God has adopted you into his household and made you an heir of the Abrahamic promises—the promise of his offspring, Christ Jesus (Gal. 3:16). It is Christ who saves his people and leads them like a shepherd into the land of the new creation where they will rest forever.