We are made right with God by placing our faith in JesusChrist. And this is true for everyone believes, no matter who we are.
I recently read an article on the “what-for” Paul gave the Galatians.
In Galatians chapter one, he was rather rough on them for not following the gospel he had left with them. Instead, some of the Jews had added to Paul’s teachings. They were adding legalism to make gentiles conform to this new Christianity. Needless to say, Paul was angry at these false teachers.
These legalistic views were tarnishing Jesus’s death and resurrection and gift of salvation. He chastised these men and women for trying to add to Gods word and was bold enough to say they needed to be cursed.
Towards the end of the chapter Paul gave his own testimony to show the people it did not matter where you came from, God wanted you.
I’m sure that you’ve heard the story of my earlier life when I lived in the Jewish way. In those days I went all out in persecuting God’s church. I was systematically destroying it. I was so enthusiastic about the traditions of my ancestors that I advanced head and shoulders above my peers in my career. Even then God had designs on me. Why, when I was still in my mother’s womb he chose and called me out of sheer generosity! Now he has intervened and revealed his Son to me so that I might joyfully tell non-Jews about him.
This is good news for us in two ways. One, we are also saved by God’s grace no matter what our past. It also means, those family members who seem to be running as far away from God as possible, are still on God’s radar. So keep praying for them because their story isn’t over yeat. God has an amazing way of restoring people for His glory, just like he did for Paul.
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