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October 3-4, 2017

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Reading along with us in Galatians? Here’s today’s reading:

Galatians 4 (ESV)

I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. 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.And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through GodContinue Reading

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  1. 7So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

    I love this verse! I believe it is part of God’s covenant with David, making his descendants heirs and sons of God. And later is verse 28 it says we are children of promise, we are free now from the slavery of the law! Now we work for our one true king, our father, God! I love how God fulfills the promises he made to people like David and Abraham even in the New Testament!

  2. 9But 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’m re-reading Galatians 4 today and I am amazed how I did not notice this verse! How could we turn back to this world, which only wants to make us slaves? It kinda reminds me of Hosea and Gomer. How could Gomer turn back to slavery and prostitution when she had freedom and love from Hosea? How often do we do the same thing?

  3. 4But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” ❤️

  4. God gives us the right to become His children, but will we operate in the freedom that that sonship allows? Slavery is found in the law and in sin, both of which Jesus has freed us from in His death. Will we, do we, do I, recast the chains of slavery? The analogy between Sarah and Hagar here would mean much to the Jews and to these Galatian gentiles being influenced by these Judiazers who were convincing the Galatians they needed to be circumcised as Jews in order to be saved.

    Another thing that comes out in this chapter is the concern that the Paul had for these Galatians and the care they had for Paul as they helped him with an illness. And a possibly a fitting question for us….What has happened to all your joy?

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