Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forevermore. Amen.
Isn’t it amazing how Scripture is still relevant today? This passage was not just relevant to the Galatians during Bible times. Christ gave Himself for our sins, too. Not only did He give Himself FOR our sins, He BECAME sin.
2 Corinthians 5:21
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Christ tells us in Matthew 20:28 that He came to give His life as a ransom for many:
“just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
The word ransom here is the same word that means to free from slavery. To what are we enslaved? SIN!Our Present age is still evil. So evil, in fact, that the Word is choked by the worry of the world and the deceit of wealth and becomes unfruitful. (Matthew 13:22)
2 Corinthians 4:4“The god of this age (Satan) has blinded the eyes of unbelievers so they can not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ.”
Many of us want to look to the wisdom of the world, we want to not hurt feelings, we are worried we will be seen as “judging”, but the wisdom of the world is not the wisdom Christians should be looking to follow. God has made the world’s wisdom to be foolishness. We see this in 1 Corinthians 1:20,
“Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?”
1 John 5:19 says,
“We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”
Further evidence of the “present evil age” can be found in Ephesians 2:1-2
“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.”
Did you catch that last part, walking in the course of the world is following satan, who is working in the sons of disobedience. If you are not following God, you are following satan. While all of this can seem dark and depressing, there is Good News in the rest of this section in Ephesians, two words that turn all of this around:”BUT GOD!” And this is the rest of the story:
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”