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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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August 9, 2011 - A Rich Heritage

By Beatrice Northcutt

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20, KJV).

When Paul spoke these words, the Galatians were being led astray by some who wanted to hold on to the old traditions and teach that they had to keep the rituals of the Law, which made their faith of no effect. Paul knew that as long as they held to the old traditions of the Law, they would not be free to worship God in the Spirit.

No one knew more about the Law than Paul. He was a scholar of the Law, and in his zeal to defend it had persecuted the Christians until God blinded him on the way to Damascus and revealed Christ to him, making him a chosen vessel to carry the truth of the gospel to the Gentiles. Paul told the Galatians, “For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor” (2:18).

Paul came to the Galatians proclaiming Christ was crucified for their sins that they might be free from the bondage of the Law, for he said, “Before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith” (3:23,24).

What a blessing! No longer are we bound by the law of traditions of men, but we are free to worship God and are made sons of God and joint heirs with Christ. Nothing could be better than to be an heir to the godly kingdom! That makes me feel as wealthy as a millionaire, but much more blessed!

When Christ hung on the cross for you and me and was crucified for our sins, the veil in the temple was split from top to bottom, giving us freedom to come to Christ by faith, no longer dependent on man to intervene for us. We entered the era of grace to live by faith in the Son of God.

In Galatians 5:24 Paul said, “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” That’s what Paul meant when he said he was crucified with Christ. We also must allow the old sinful man to be crucified so we can walk in the Spirit and produce the fruit of “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, [and] temperance” (Galatians 5:22,23).

What a rich heritage we have in our faith! With God as our Father and being made joint heirs with Christ, we have all our needs met!

Praise the Lord!

— Beatrice Northcutt lives in Independence, Kansas.

 

 

 

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