Galatians Part 4: Adoption to Sonship
Galatians 4:4-6 (NIV) But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”
We need the Spirit of His Son inside of us. This changes the relationship we have with God. Under “works” the Law becomes our master. Under “grace” God becomes our Father.
- The slave has a master.
- The son has a father.
Galatians 4:7(NIV) So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.
- The slave is an employee.
- The son is an heir.
Romans 8:17 (NIV) Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God, and co-heirs with Christ . . . .
- The slave is driven by duty.
- The son is driven by devotion.
Luke 10:39-42 (NIV) Mary sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better . . . .”
LIVING BY THE SPIRIT
Galatians 5:1; 6; 13; 18 (NIV) It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery . . . . The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love . . . . You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love . . . . If you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Galatians 5:22-26 (NIV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
- It requires me to see. I have to look at life through different eyes. This world is full of darkness and to walk with the Lord, we all need a little light in our lives.
Psalm 119:105 (NIV) Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
- It requires me to listen. What is God’s Spirit saying to me? When I read my Bible? While I’m praying? In Worship? While I’m serving? On my bed at night?
Isaiah 30:21 (NIV) Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
- It requires me to follow. Walking with God requires movement. We have to keep in step. Take steps of faith.
James 1:22 (NIV) Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
Law doesn’t give power, but God’s Spirit does.
John 1:17 (NIV) For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.