Galatians | Liberated: No Longer A Slave
Jul 08, 2018 | Dr. James Carroll
Galatians 4:1-11 | Slavery or Sonship
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 God.
Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods. 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? You observe days and months and seasons and years! I am afraid I may have labored over you in vain.
Galatians 4:1-11 ESV
Overview - If you're willing to trade sonship for slavery, you haven't been adopted.
1. Adoption signals and completes a change in our position.
2. Adoption produces a change in our present condition.
3. Adoption guarantees a change in our future possession.
Everyone want to be free. We want to do what we want to do, say what want to say, and live the way we want to live. But in reality, freedom is not so simple. At times, what feels like freedom is actually a harsher form of slavery. In the impassioned letter we call Galatians, the apostle Paul argues that many were confusing freedom with slavery. In contrast to the world’s misguided paths, there is only one way to be fully Liberated. Join us next week as we begin discovering how salvation by grace through faith in Jesus brings true freedom from the worst slavery.