Rescued From What?

Posted: June 10, 2008 by Rich Landosky in The Journey

So I’ve begun reading through Galatians once again.  I didn’t get very far into chapter one before I was struck by a phrase I’m not sure I’ve noticed before in my studies.

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever.  Amen.  (Galatians 1:3-5 – NIV)

Can you figure out what part or phrase caught my attention?  “. . . to rescue us from the present evil age . . . .”  Don’t we always think that Jesus came to save us and rescue us from a future of separation from God and of torment in Hell and so that, instead, we could spend eternity with the Father?  That’s what I think of when I think of what Jesus did on the cross for us.  But according to Paul here in Galatians, Jesus also gave himself for our sins to rescue us from today and the present evil age in which we currently live now.

So, what does Paul mean here?  As we read further in this chapter, it appears that Paul is dealing with some folks who have allowed other “stuff” to be added to the Gospel.  In this case, it was Jewish Christians who were adding back in some of the Law as part of the Gospel.  This smacks in the face of the freedom that we are granted in light of the cross and Christ’s death and work there.  Paul equates the life of freedom we have in Christ with the new life making the “evil age” one in which we are still lost and under the Law.  Christ rescues us from this evil age and grants us freedom and new life.

So, here’s my question for you today:  What stuff do we see being added to the Gospel today?  The Gospel grants freedom.  Man adds stuff that brings us back into captivity.  What do you see being added to the Gospel today that takes away our freedom in Christ and brings us back into captivity?


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