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Liberated from Legalism - pt 10 [7-4-21]

Flemish artist Hendrik Leys, who lived from 1815-1869, depicted in this painting how easily Christians can lose sight of the crucified Christ. Notice the exacting detail in which the women are painted. There is careful attention given to every fold in the fabric of their gowns. If this were in color, you would be able to see the beauty of the garden by the church wall. But there's one thing missing. Can you see what it is? Remember the title. "Women Praying at a Crucifix Near St. James in Antwerp." Exactly. Leys intentionally leaves out the crucified Christ. One whole side is cut off. The object of their faith…the crucified Christ…is left out of the picture.

This was exactly the problem Paul was dealing with in Galatians 3. They were on the verge of losing the only and exact focus of their faith - Jesus

Christ crucified for their sins.

Here in Galatians 3, Paul is bringing the crucified Christ back into the picture. At stake with this essential Biblical truth is nothing less than the glory of Christ. I love how Paul puts it in 2 Corinthians 4:4:

In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

What is the glory Paul is talking about? It's the glory which shines brightest on Jesus' work on the cross to bring grace as he suffers for sinners. Nothing in all the universe is more glorious, more grand, more magnificent than the death of Jesus Christ for sinners and his resurrection to vindicate his great work. That is huge. If you don't get this right, you won't get anything else right about the gospel.