Summary: A sermon examining our new life in Christ and the joys of being adopted into the household of God.

Our Life In Christ

Galatians 3:26 - 4:7

Each year tens of thousands of people cross the border illegally into the United States in search of a new life. Then there are tens of thousands more who come legally with travel or work visas. In the span of a year there are around one million people who become permanent citizens of this great nation.

- Some come looking for employment.

- Some come for better education.

- Some are seeking a better economy.

- Some want (and need) better healthcare.

- Some are fleeing an oppressive government.

There are many reasons that people seek to come to this country. And if you ask the overwhelming majority of immigrants they will say that they came here in order to find a better life. In fact, most people, immigrant or natural born will tell you that they want a better life. But there is a problem in the metrics that many people use to measure a better life. People think that things would be so much better if they could just attain certain positions and possessions.

- You have heard the old saying that “the person with the most toys at the end wins”. Nothing could be further from the truth. There are countless examples of people who have everything that money can buy and they are some of the most miserable people on earth.

I have no doubt that many people here today would say “I WANT A BETTER LIFE”. I have good news! You can have a better life; in fact you have an opportunity to possess ETERNAL LIFE! When this life is over, it is not going to matter how many “toys” you have… how new your car is or how big your house is. It will not matter what your bank account, 401k or stock portfolios look like... your social standing will not matter… your career achievements will not matter. But what will matter is whether or not you are “in Christ”.

When I say “in Christ” I am referring to those who are born into the family of God by faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Paul refers to this in v26 “for ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”

I want to take some time today and look at the amazing benefits for those who are “in Christ”. Join me in our selected text as we consider this thought “Our Life In Christ” . If you are lost, I hope that you will see what is possible for you to possess. If you are saved, I hope that you find much reason to rejoice in your life in Christ.

- In these verses we will see that:

i. Because Of Christ, Our Past Is Erased

ii. Because Of Christ, The Present Is Exciting

iii. Because Of Christ, Our Future Is Enticing

These are just some of the wonderful facts for the child of God. I know that in this life there are troubles and trials that we must face. Those who are born again are not exempt from difficulty, but as the song says “we can face uncertain days because He (Jesus) lives”. The troubles that we face are temporary! But our life in Christ will last throughout eternity! - 2 Cor 4:17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

As Children of God we have a glorious future, but we don’t have to wait until Heaven to enjoy an amazing life in Christ. That amazing life begins at the point of conversion. From the time you put your faith in Jesus Christ there are several guarantees that you can cling to. - Look with me to verses 26-27 as we see:

I. Because Of Christ Our Past Is Erased - 3:26 for ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

Verse 11 of this chapter states that we are “justified by faith in Christ” . Now Paul takes it a step further and says that because we are “in Christ” we are the “Children of God” . There are several scriptures that corroborate the truth found here in Galatians 3:26

* Romans 8:15 …” ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father."

* John 1:12 "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:"

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