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Jun
15

The Saving Work Of Jesus Christ

The letter to the churches in the region of Galatia has one major focus – grace.  Grace is God’s unmerited favor and love toward sinful human beings.  In verse 3 of chapter 1, Paul greets the churches in Galatia with a wish for “grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Galatians 1:3, NIV).  He then goes on to describe Christ’s saving work on the cross in verse 4.
It was Jesus who gave Himself for our sins.  Jesus willingly laid down His life for the sins of humanity.  He said in John 10:

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. – John 10:11 (NIV)

Then, in verses 17-18:

The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again.​ – John 10:17-18 (NIV)​

Jesus was willing to give up His own life for a world full of sinful, rebellious people.  Not only was it the will of Jesus, but the will of God the Father.  Isaiah 53:10 (NIV) says:
​…​it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer​…
It was not the will of the Jews or the Romans that caused Jesus’ suffering.  It was the will of the Father.  There was no other way that we could be saved.  It is only through the saving work of Jesus that He accomplished on the cross.  His work is sufficient.  There is nothing we can do to add to it.  We are saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ expressed in belief, repentance, public confession and baptism.  We need to stop trying to save ourselves by being good enough or going to church or sitting on a theological high horse looking down on everyone else.  We must simply accept this offer of salvation made by God the Father through God the Son, Jesus Christ.  To Him be glory, honor, power and majesty forever and ever, amen.

Galatians 1:1-5 (NIV)

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— and all the brothers and sisters with me,

To the churches in Galatia:

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.

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