‘Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age
Continuing our deep dive into the Book of Galatians, Paul reminds the churches hearing his letter that they are no longer to consider themselves under the judgement of God. Instead, they should see themselves as different to the world in their perspective and outlook – why? Because they should no longer be feeling guilty about their failures but rather elated and grateful at experiencing God’s peace and grace.
How do we know this is what God wants?
Because God in the person of Jesus Christ gives Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present age – which also presumably means to inherit the age that will come after it – aka Heaven.
No wonder Paul finishes the verse the way he does observing that all of this happens not because humanity wills it but rather it is filled with Divine purpose and intention – in short, it happens because it is done according to the will of our God and Father, 5to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen’ (Galatians 1v5)