“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 7:13-14 NIV ... See MoreSee Less
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SUNDAY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT’S CORNER: Lesson 12: Freedom in Christ Lesson focus: Don't be deceived; stand firm in Christ. Lesson Scripture: Galatians 5:1-17 Paul letter to the Galatians addressed a struggle. The struggle involved deciding whether Gentile believers in Jesus had to adhere to the law that God gave to Israel. Some taught that Gentiles who accepted Christ had to be circumcised in order to become part of God's people. Gentiles had to receive the mark that distinguished Israel as having received God's covenant.
Paul's response in this lesson points to the shape of God's work in history, which focuses on Christ's death and resurrection. Everything that came before was preparatory. God did not give Israel its law as the final expression of His purpose, but as a means of pointing to Christ.
Part of that preparation had to do with what Israel's law did not accomplish. Even while God was giving the law to Israel, Israel was rejecting the God who gave it. That pattern of rejection continued, as failure to keep God's law was the story of successive generations. This pattern demonstrated that if God's will was to be done on earth, it would take something more powerful than the law.
The cross of Christ signals the fulfillment of God promises. Now the people of God are defined not by the covenant of circumcision, but by faith in Christ who died for their sin. Because of Christ death, God Spirit is given to all Christians.
In our lesson this week the Galatians Christians needed to understand these truths.