Galatians Week 4 Day 1 & 2

Week 4, Day 1, Read: Galatians 3:26-29 SOAP: Galatians 3:28-29
Week 4, Day 2, Read: Galatians 4:1-7 SOAP: Galatians 4:4-7
As we continue with our text, Paul, now having made the case that righteousness doesn't come from the law but through faith in Christ, moves to the next logical conclusion: this righteousness is made available to everyone, not just the Jew, which is what the Judaizers were contending.
Galatians 3:28 (NASB) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
The whole problem among the Galatian Christians is that some wanted to still observe the dividing line between Jew and Greek. Paul writes, "In Jesus Christ that line is done away with. When we are in Jesus, there is neither Jew nor Greek."

Galatians 3:29 (NASB) And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.

It was Abraham's faith in this specific promise which brought him to be "accounted" as "righteous."
Abraham's offspring are identified by their faith. Therefore, those who are like Abraham in faith simply take the promise at face value. And, as they do, God imparts to them His righteousness forever.
Only those who belong to Christ are Abraham's descendants. Abraham's only descendants are those of faith:
Romans 4:13 (NASB) For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith.
If you are an heir, you have a legal right to an inheritance. Since we are now members of God's family, we have a right to all that God has promised to his children.
"In Christ I am a son/daughter of God." And as God's children, we should live in such a way as to honor and bring glory to our Father.

Help us Lord to bring you honor and glory in all we say and do!

Galatians 4:Galatians 4:4-7 Amplified Bible (AMP)
But when [in God’s plan] the proper time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the [regulations of the] Law, so that He might redeem and liberate those who were under the Law, that we [who believe] might be adopted as sons [as God’s children with all rights as fully grown members of a family].....

"when the time was right." Jesus came at just the right time in God's redemptive plan, when the world was perfectly prepared for God's work.
Jesus came not only as God's Son, but also as one born of a woman, born under law. The eternal Son of God in heaven added humanity to His deity and became a man.
Because Jesus is God, He has the power and the resources to redeem us.
Because Jesus is man, He has the right and the ability to redeem us.
He came to purchase us out of the slave market, from our bondage to sin and the elements of the world.

**John Newton, the man who wrote the most popular and famous hymn in America, Amazing Grace, knew how to remember this. He was an only child whose mother died when he was only seven years old. He became a sailor and went out to sea at eleven years old. As he grew up, he became the captain of a slave ship and had an active hand in the horrible degradation and inhumanity of the slave trade. But when he was twenty-three, on March 10, 1748, when his ship was in imminent danger of sinking off the coast of Newfoundland, he cried to God for mercy, and he found it. He never forgot how amazing it was that God had received him, as bad as he was. To keep it fresh in his memory, he fastened across the wall over the fireplace mantel of his study the words of Deuteronomy 15:15: You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God redeemed you. If we keep fresh in our mind what we once were, and what we are now in Jesus Christ, we will do well.**

God is so good that it wasn't enough to purchase us with his own blood out of the bondage of sin, we are then raised up to be sons and daughters of God by adoption.
There is a sense in which this is a totally unnecessary blessing that God has given in the course of salvation, and a demonstration of His true and deep love for us. We can picture someone helping or saving someone, but not going so far as to make them a part of the family - but this is what God did for us.

I have read and know of countless stories of families that have forgiven wrong done to them and forgiven the offender-- even murder-- but how many are willing to then take that person that hurt us so deeply and make them EQUAL part of our family, adopt them, love and nurture them as our own.
That is just what God has done.

..And because you [really] are [His] sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying out,“Abba! Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave (bond-servant), but a son; and if a son, then also an heir through [the gracious act of] God [through Christ].

We gain something in Jesus that is greater than what Adam ever had. Jesus the second Adam did not just restore us he has made us heirs of God through Him.
We have access to the same intimacy with God the Father that God the Son, Jesus Christ had.
We know that we are the sons and daughters of God by the witness of the Holy Spirit within us.
***"Thus, God's purpose was not only to secure our sonship by His Son, but to assure us of it by His Spirit. He sent His Son that we might have the status of sonship, and He sent His Spirit that we might have an experience of it." (Stott)

I must always pray and remember, I am a child of the Most High God! I am an ambassador for Christ, I am family in Christ Jesus, we are one.

Help me Lord, to walk worthy of you and the calling you have place upon me, help me to grow in you, I desire a deeper relationship with you. In Jesus Name.

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