I wonder, have you ever done anything, just for the sake of fitting in? When I was 13, I had two friends, who said they wouldn’t be my friend anymore, if I didn’t jump of the high diving board. I wanted to fit in. Problem was, I couldn’t swim, so going into the deep end of the pool was so scary. But to fit in, I decided to take the plunge, literally, even though doing it seemed like putting my life on the line, for acceptance.
For his first readers, the transition between V9-10 must have been shocking 9 So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. 10 For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” They were being told by Paul’s rivals that, in order to follow God faithfully as disciples of Jesus, in order to fit in, they needed to become part of God’s law-defined people, the ethnic descendants of Abraham. Paul argues strongly against this for such seeking after acceptance by this group in this way, meant going back from the new age of the kingdom of God, where freedom resides because of Jesus, into the old evil age of curse, from which Christ had rescued them. Paul warns his readers that by embracing the law, they would become part of a people whose national way of life was cursed due to their disobedience. The curse was on the nation of Israel itself, for its failure to be the channel of blessing to all the nations of the world, which had been God’s intention in calling and making his covenant with Abraham. Christ lifts the curse, by bearing the curse in his own body on the cross, becoming the true Abrahamic Seed, through which the whole world will be blessed.
We fit in to the Kingdom of God, because we belong to Jesus, and we trust that his sacrifice for us was the only thing necessary for us to belong. We know we fit in, and belong, because we have been given a guarantee of acceptance- the Holy Spirit. Take time today, to consider the many things people would add to the good news of Jesus, and would tell us that we need to think, say or do these things to truly fit and belong to Jesus. Now remind yourself of this truth “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”