Children of God By Faith
The Scriptures state the following: "For you are all sons of God by faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ." (Galatians 3:26-27).
These verses tell us that God's children are "in Christ." Jesus is the basis of our relationship to God as His children. Simply put, to be "outside of Christ" is to be outside of God's spiritual family. God's purpose to save sinners includes the essential ingredient of a Savior - and Jesus is that Savior - the only one (Acts 4:12). The Scriptures teach that redemption, forgiveness, hope and eternal life are all "in Christ."
Also, the passage says that those who are God's children by faith have "clothed" themselves with Christ. Faith is a living and active response to God. Faith expresses itself by responding in a positive and obedient way to God's word (Romans 10:17 and Acts 18:8).
Finally, this passage says we "are children of God by faith" when we are "baptized into Christ." Baptism is said here to be the act of faith by which God puts us "into Christ" where we are children of God. It is just this important to be baptized into Christ.
Galatians 3:26,27 again: "For you are all sons of God by faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ."
By Jon W. Quinn
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From Expository Files 15.12; December 2008