1 Paul, an apostle—sent not from men nor by a man,but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— 2 and all the brothers and sisters
To the churches in Galatia:
3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
This letter to the Galatian church started me off on a journey of discovery. What if our current approach to understanding what God is doing in the world, in our lives is slightly off center because we look at scripture with a specific set of lenses, prescribed to us by our religion. I am going to explore the full extent of this thought over the coming year starting here. Please join me in this adventure if you are keen to question and explore your relationship with God. Everything I do will explore the idea that God is good all the time. In His goodness He has given us choice which we don’t often exercise very well and sometimes these choices are wrongly accredited to God.
I will give you more background on this letter as we go but for now I want us to focus on this one point. Paul says that Jesus came to rescue us from THIS EVIL AGE and not from the wrath of God as we like to tell people. I think this is an important stating point because if we think that God had to send His only Son to rescue us from Himself… well that speaks for itself. I am a father, imagine what the news headlines would be if I killed my child to prevent me from killing my neighbors who I was actually cross with. No, that does not paint a picture of a loving Father. Jesus came to…set the captives free, to break the chains of injustice to free the oppressed, give good news to the poor and declare the favour of the Lord. In a broken world it is difficult to find God so He sent His Son to open the way to make it possible for us to come to Him. The Evil of this age has been defeated, our Father stands with open arms. If you believe this then you should spend your life in those arms because it is good. Have a great day