3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,4 who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.” (Galatians 1:3-5)
Thus far, we have seen four reasons from Galatians 1:3-5 as to why Jesus Christ came to earth in His incarnation. Let’s look at one more.
First, Jesus Christ came to earth as the incarnation of God the Father’s grace and peace. “Grace to you and peace from God our Father…” (Galatians 1:3a). Grace (χάρις; charis) is defined as “unmerited favor.” It is the bestowing of pleasure, delight, or favorable regard from one to another. It is God’s loving-kindness to sinners who deserve judgment. Peace (εἰρήνη; eirene) is the resulting harmony, on the basis of grace, between God and sinful man. Peace is accomplished through the gospel and is also the rest and contentment consequentially as the result of God’s grace.
Second, Jesus Christ came to earth as to be the propitiation, or atoning sacrifice, on behalf of sinners. The text reads, “Who gave Himself for our sins” – 1:4a. The text refers to an active and personal total surrender by Jesus Christ on behalf of sinners who continually are missing the mark of acquiring the holiness and righteousness of God.
Third, Jesus Christ came to earth to deliver believing sinners from this present, evil age. “To deliver us from the present evil age” (Galatians 1:4b).
Fourth, Jesus Christ came to earth to accomplish the will of God the Father. Galatians 1:4 says, “4 who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father.”
Fifth, Jesus Christ came to earth to glorify God the Father. “5 to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.” (Galatians 1:5)
Glory (δόξα; doxa) means to praise, honor and glorify. This is done because of the greatness of the individual. In this instance, it is God who is to be glorified.
This glory to God is eternal. It is an unlimited duration of time.
The word “Amen” is an exclamation that indeed this is not only what Jesus Christ accomplished, but it is also to be the believer’s perspective in all we do.
In Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer from John 17, mediate upon what Jesus initially prays to God the Father. “When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4 I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.”
To God be the glory for the things He has accomplished through the person and work of Jesus Christ.
May the Lord’s truth and grace be found here.
Soli deo Gloria!