24 Jan Change
Walking In Step With The Gospel: Galatians 2:11-16
Do you know how to change? I mean really change. Not just start a new routine, or phase something out of your life — real heart driven, anchor deep, lasting change. Do you know how to experience that kind of change?
Paul makes it crystal clear throughout the book of Galatians that the gospel of Jesus – the news that He lived a perfect life, He died a substitutionary death for our sins, and He rose again – can bring lasting change. And it brings change in two ways:
- Lasting Change Part 1: Salvation
The first way a person can experience a ‘dynamite-like’ change in his life is to put his faith in Jesus. In Jesus’ own words, He calls this “being born-again” (John 3:3). The Apostle Paul described this as “becoming a new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
The language in scripture is so strong about the change because it is the most radical change someone can experience in his life. A person is awakened to the reality that he was not made for himself, but rather to know God, and the only way he can experience God is through believing that Jesus came into this world to redeem him. When that awakening happens it is life-altering, life-changing.
- Lasting Change Part 2: Sanctification
The process of being sanctified is simply defined as the process of being made holy. Once a person puts his faith in Jesus, the indwelling Holy Spirit begins the work of moving in that life to make him into the person he was designed to be.
Usually we start to think, “I need to make that change. I need to stop doing this and start doing that.” But that is not how change occurs — at least not life-altering change. You see, scripture teaches us that real change comes when we bring every area of our life in step with the gospel (Gal. 2:14). Anytime there is sin in my life it is because there is something in my life that is not in step with the gospel.
So, how do I recognize when I am not in step with the gospel and re-align myself?
Which leads me to the topic of this blog for the next 12 weeks. Each of us on staff will be sharing how the gospel has changed us in both ways. That is, how the gospel brought salvation and how the gospel is bringing sanctification to each of us.
My invitation to you is to come back each week and take the journey with us as we share how putting our lives in step with the gospel of Jesus Christ is bringing the life-altering, anchor deep, life-long, lasting change to us, and that you can experience and walk with us in this ongoing process.