Galatians 4

Galatians 4 has Paul talking about our status as Christ Followers in relationship to God.  “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born  of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons”.  This is no small thing that God has done for us.  He gave His only Son to redeem us as sinners to His righteous standards.  But more than that, He adopted us as His very own children. We’re not outsiders granted a gift, we are taken in as His very own and become part of His family and He becomes our Father!

What an amazing gift of grace. But the impact of God’s decision to love us that way and adopt us as His very own means we will always be a child of His.  Our future is not dependent on how we act or live.  As an earthly father, if my kids do things that are not what I want, the relationship may become strained, but they will always be my children.  That same truth exists about our relationship with God as a Christ Follower.  We become His kids, and as such, will always be part of His family.  We can make choices that strain our relationship with Him, but never change our status as a child of His once we make the step of receiving Christ as our Savior.  “And because you are sons, God has sent  the Spirit of his Son into our hearts”.

Our entire status changes when we receive God’s gift of grace through Christ.  “So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God”.  We are not just a child of God – we become a joint heir to the Father’s world with Christ.  “But now that you have come to know God, or rather  to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more….I entreat you, become as I am”.  God has given us this amazing gift and Paul encourages us to live as a child of the King just as he is.  That doesn’t mean someone entitled and lazy, but serving as part of God’s body to tell the story of Jesus to those in our patch.

We have a new status as a child of God.  We are an heir, but also we are free from our sin.  “So, brothers, we are not children of the slave but of the free woman”.  Sin doesn’t go away, but it no longer has control of us.  We no longer are a slave to it.  God has set us free from all that sin can do to us in destroying our present and future.  We are child of the King and son of a free woman.  Our future is secure if we will only receive the free gift God has provided us through Jesus Christ.  What an amazing story He has written that we can join and be part of as His son and joint heir with the King!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Reblogged this on Reconcile and commented:
    Wonderful words of truth and hope!

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