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Galatians 3:15-29 – Clothed with Christ

… in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male or female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise. (Galatians 3:26-29 NRSV)

Faith in Jesus Christ is the greatest leveler that there is! It is ‘through faith’ that we become ‘children of God’ by believing in him and what he has done for us, and in who he is and trusting in him alone. Also when we are baptized we clothe ourselves with Christ, so when God the Father sees us he only sees us in Christ, this means he sees us all the same as he sees each one of us in Christ.

It is because of this that there is no longer any division between us on grounds of race and religion, ‘Jew or Greek’, on grounds of social or economic status, ‘slave or free’, or on grounds of gender, ‘male or female’. We are all of equal standing and importance united in Christ.

As Jesus was Abraham’s offspring and the heir to the promise that God gave to Abraham, so we are now also heirs to those promises as we are now in Christ.

These truths say a massive amount about who we are as Christians, and about how we should live.

Who we are? We are…

  • All equal;
  • A people of promise;
  • A people of faith;
  • In Christ Jesus;
  • Heirs;
  • Under grace not law;
  • Children of God;
  • Free!

How should we live? We should live…

  • Through faith;
  • In unity (though not uniformity);
  • As free people;
  • As God’s friends and family;
  • By grace.

Let’s really get hold of who we are in Christ Jesus, it will transform us both individually and corporately!

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Olympic Games #1 – The Opening Ceremony

A week ago today we saw the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games being hosted in London.  It was amazing!

Danny Boyle really caught and shared from a secular viewpoint what God’s heart is for this nation.  When God consistently speaks and a lot of the church still hasn’t caught it, it is amazing how clear his voice can be heard by those who don’t know him!

The main ‘story’ of the ceremony opened and closed with hymns, Jerusalem (rousing, patriotic and theologically unsound), Guide me O thou great Jehovah, ending with Abide with me.

The focus was on the people, not the few, but the many.  From pre-industrial England, to the ‘dark Satanic mills’ and the Olympic rings forged from iron or steel of the industrial revolution.  The great and the good were represented, but the times of remembrance were for those who fell in the World Wars, and in the 7/7 bombings which happened one day after the Games were awarded to the London bid team.  The suffragette movement was also remembered, and for the first time in the history of the games all nations were sending both men and women to compete.

The pop music revolution was also remembered along with the internet revolution and especially social networking with the tribute paid to Sir Tim Berners-Lee one of the co-founders of the internet.

More was included but I won’t mention it all here.  The Queen made an entrance with James Bond from the palace by helicopter and parachute!  Royalty can act in unexpected ways! So can God!

There were cycling doves, representing those released in Greece, with one flying away at the end.  The Holy Spirit is seen Biblically as a dove, what more need I say.

The caldron was made from bronze petals – one carried for each team (204) and one extra (+1) making 205 in total.  And it was lit, not by past stars, but by 7 future stars, by the next sporting generation.

God will set this land alight again, but my generation and the one after will be central!  It will be as his people come together in Spirit and Truth.  It will be multi-generational and united across the church.

The flames were lit by the seven young people and then rose up and came together to burn brightly together, what a picture.  God’s holy fire will burn once again when we come together in him.  In unity and diversity, in Spirit and in Truth, generations together and through prayer and worship we shall see new memorials set up to God in this land!