Today we are introducing a new element to our ministry. We are calling it “The Tuesday Article.” Every Tuesday, you will find a new article right here on our BC Students Blog that may challenge you in your faith, inform you on issues facing us today, and more. This is not only for students but for everyone! Some weeks it might be a written post, others, you might find a video, an interview, or maybe even some music. We’re not quite sure what it is going to look like yet but we are excited about it. Over time, you will hear from each of us Student Pastors here at Bethlehem as well as some of our students and leaders. If you would be interested in writing for “The Tuesday Article” let us know!
Today, we focus in on the passage of Scripture we are on in our Word of Life Quiet Time Journals. The Scripture for today is Galatians 3:23-29. To get the most out of this post, it would be helpful to grab a Bible. Don’t simply read the focus passage. It’s usually best to read the six chapters first (relatively small). Then focus in on the chapter and specifically the passage. Doing so gives you context for what it is we are studying.
Our quiet time journals do an awesome job giving us insights into this passage. Here at Bethlehem, we teach our students to begin their study in Scripture looking for five specific things.
Sins to avoid
Promises we can claim
Examples to follow
Commands to obey
Truths to learn
Today, one of the key truths to see and learn appears in verse 24. In the ESV it reads:
“So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith” (Gal 3:24, [ESV])
Far too often, we try and equate God’s love for us with how much we have followed His law. In fact Christ said just the opposite. When we follow His commands it is a demonstration of our love for Him. What Paul says here is that the Law of God was put in place to bring us to Christ. Because of our inability to follow God’s law on our own, our need for a Savior is made evident. There is no hope of following the law of God close enough to be made righteous by our own actions as written in Romans 3:10-12 as well as several other locations. It doesn’t matter how many ladies you help across the road or if you share your Cheerwine with your brother every day. You will never be made righteous enough by trying to good deeds. There is only One person who can accomplish this for you.
Truth: It is only by faith in Jesus Christ that we can be made right with God. Trusting in anything else is hopeless and empty faith.
At the end of each day in the quiet time, there is a spot to share a phrase, a thought, or a truth. Today, it is the words of Watchman Nee, 20th century church leader in China. He said:
“God’s requirements have not altered, but we are not the ones to meet them. Praise God, he is the Lawgiver on the Throne, and he is the Lawkeeper in my heart. He who gave the law, Himself keeps it.”
There are other things to note in this article. Can you see a promise in here? Another truth about your identity in Christ? If so, consider dropping what you see into the comments below!
To get your Student or Adult copy of the Word of Life Quiet Time, check out the info desk in our Student Center!