ELT Baptist Church


The Cross of Christ - Part 3
Sermon Notes

Identity used to be given to us. According to the world now it's defined by what we choose. But there's a problem with achieved identities.

The cross gives us a new identity though! Christ lives in us. We are now God's sons and daughters.

Adoption means:

1. Justification--a new legal status.

2. Sanctification--a transformed life. The spirit has been poured out.

3. Glorification--an unimaginable inheritance.

You are not your successes and your failures--you are a son or daughter--you are an heir. The Spirit is at work in you to bring the new identity to reality!

Come to Christ and His cross for your identity.

Bible Passage

Galatians 2:19–3:14 (Listen)

19 For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness1 were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.

By Faith, or by Works of the Law?

3:1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by2 the flesh? Did you suffer3 so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith—just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”?

Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify4 the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

The Righteous Shall Live by Faith

10 For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” 11 Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.”5 12 But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit6 through faith.


[1] 2:21 Or justification
[2] 3:3 Or now ending with
[3] 3:4 Or experience
[4] 3:8 Or count righteous; also verses 11, 24
[5] 3:11 Or The one who by faith is righteous will live
[6] 3:14 Greek receive the promise of the Spirit