Going Deeper in "Manners Make the Man"
God’s Children through Faith
23 Before the way of faith in Christ was available to us, we were placed under guard by the law. We were kept in protective custody, so to speak, until the way of faith was revealed.
24 Let me put it another way. The law was our guardian until Christ came; it protected us until we could be made right with God through faith. 25 And now that the way of faith has come, we no longer need the law as our guardian.
26 For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. 28 There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.
Read the following a few times:
Paul describes the before and the after of conversion, the character and orientation of a person’s life before he trusts in God for salvation and after God grants him right standing.
Reflect on the following:
1. What manners do you remember learning from your parents? If you have children, what did you try to teach them? What teaching method worked best?
2. What was the purpose of the law given to Moses? Why do some people prefer the law over grace?
3. What was the work of the tutor in Greek culture?
4. How did the law function as a prison or a jailer? In what ways have you experienced freedom as a follower of Jesus?
5. In the life of a Christian, what has replaced the law?
6. What have you inherited, or what do you hope to inherit from your family? What makes it special to you?
7. How would you describe your inheritance from Jesus? What did you do to receive it?
8. What might your friends say they see as evidence of a new you? How would you like to change in the next 6 months?
9. Why do allow differences between us to matter and affect how we think and treat other people?
10. Why do we like to think others are lower than us?
11. What is the basis our being in God’s family?
12. What is our inheritance as members of God’s family?
Respond in one of the following ways:
1. On a scale of one (bad) to ten (good), how would you rate your level of faith in Jesus over the past week?
2. What do you want others to say about you at your funeral?
3. Commit to praying for one person this week who needs to hear the gospel. Who will it be?