Paul continues to contrast living under the law as opposed to living under grace. For hundreds of years, all the Jews had known was the law plus all the man-made traditions that had been added by the priests and the religious leaders. That now there was a different way to please God was going to take a lot of “unteaching ” and “unlearning”. The law was not given to be a curse, but it became a curse because the flesh could not live up to its standards. It did not require faith, it was a law of works. It was meant to be a teacher showing “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”. We needed a change, but to have that change, we needed someone to remove us from under the curse of sin and the law. Jesus became a curse and a Redeemer for us. Through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, we can now receive the promise of the blessing of Abraham. We could not become the physical offspring of Abraham, but we could become the Spiritual descendants of the “seed” of Abraham. That “Seed” is Jesus Christ. 13 For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect —Romans 4:13,14 (NKJV)
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” -Anonymous
28 for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’29 Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising.–Acts 17:28,29 (NKJV)
One of Webster’s definitions for “being” is: the most important or basic part of a person’s mind or self. “Be” is defined as: to have identity with (someone). Example: She is my sister. God is concerned about our “being”. He even identifies Himself as “I AM” which could be defined to mean “I used to ‘be’, I ‘be’ now, and I ‘be’ in the future”. But with God, it is always “now”, so “I AM” encompasses it all. Verse 29 gives us a clue as to what we ought not to think or believe. If we put that into practical application, it could mean “we are not our work and our work (our “doing”) will not shape us into what God wants us to “be”. We can not achieve Divine Nature by “doing”. We can only achieve Divine Nature by “being”. We can only be identified with Jesus if we allow Him (His Spirit) to abide (“be”) in us and if we abide (“be”) in Him. It is definitely true then, that we have no life or being outside of Jesus Christ.