Summary: The letter written by Paul shares what we once were, what we now are, what our faith does, and what are the promises of this letter?
The Value of this letter Galatians 3:23-29
A letter killed Charlotte Braun. Charlotte who? Charlotte Braun was a pushy version of Charlie Brown, the classic Peanuts character created by Charles Schulz. According to mental floss magazine (October 2012), Charlotte Braun was introduced to the comic strip in November 1954, prompting a fan to write a letter to Schulz complaining about the obnoxious character.
Schulz killed the character -- literally! He wrote a response to the fan which included a drawing of Charlotte Braun with an ax in her head.
So much for the sweetness of comic strips.
A letter connected Annie Oakley to the President of the United States. The famous sharpshooter amazed crowds by shooting holes in playing cards tossed in the air, so she thought she could be of service to her country. Moved by patriotism, she wrote a letter to President William McKinley and offered her services in the Spanish-American War. In addition, she said that she was "ready to place a company of fifty lady sharpshooters" at his disposal.
That's right: Not one, but 50 female sharpshooters! And they were even prepared to furnish their own arms and ammunition, so they would be of little expense to the government. Although McKinley never responded, Annie Oakley's epistle may have helped to open the door for women in military service.
A letter made us all children of God through faith. In his letter to the Galatians, the apostle Paul changed history by arguing that we are made right with God through the faith of Jesus, not through religious law.(- Homiletics May June 2013 Volume 23 Number 3. Page 63.)
1. The Value of this letter is that this letter tells us what we once were
A. I once was a Prisoner of the Law 23Before this faith came; we were held prisoners by the law
B. I once was locked up until Faith was revealed
Paul believes the Galatians lived in the age of the law and more so than the age of faith.
(Time of the Law)23Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law,
(Time of Faith)locked up until faith should be revealed, locked up until faith should be revealed
C. I once was lost but now I am saved because I believe, and not because of what I did
2. The Value of this letter is that this letter tells us what we now have, a new Identity
A. My Identity is I have a Heavenly Father 26You are all sons of God
B. My Identity is that I Remember my baptism and I am thankful, 27for all of you who were baptized into Christ
C. My New Identity is that I am Clothed in His Likeness,
27for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
3. The Value of this Letter is that my Faith Transcends or reaches beyond
A. This Faith reaches way beyond my sins
B. This Faith reaches beyond ethnic and social sexual distinctions.
vs. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus
C. This Faith reaches beyond differences consider Romans 10:
."E 12For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile--the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who