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Galatians 4:4-5 says “But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.”

We’re sons.

We’ve been redeemed from UNDER the Law.

Those UNDER the Mosaic law lived UNDER the strict rules and penalties of that Law.

ILLUS: Imagine driving down the road going 3 miles over the speed limit.

How many of you have ever done that? (Some of you aren’t telling the truth).

You see red and blue lights in your rearview mirror and you pull over.

A policeman steps up to your window and gives you a ticket.

Did he have a right to give you that ticket?



Because the LAW decreed a certain limit... and you were over.

You broke that Law, so you are subject to the penalties of that Law.

Romans 3 tells us that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”

We’ve all broken God’s Law and thus we are subject to the penalty of that Law.

And, what’s the penalty?

“…the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 6:23

ILLUS: But now, let’s say you’re driving down the road.

This time, however you’re going 10 mph over the limit.

How many of you have ever gone 10 mph over the speed limit?

(Some of you aren’t telling me the truth again).

You see the red and blue lights in the mirror and you pull over.

You’re busted. You were wrong. They’re going to write you out a ticket for sure.

Up walks the policeman and you look up… it’s your dad.

You tell him you were wrong, you shouldn’t been going over the speed limit and you’re not going to do that again.

He doesn’t write out a ticket.

He gives you a warning.

Why would he do that?

You’re his son.

You are repentant… and so he gives you a warning.

Can he do that?

Of course he can.

He’s the lawgiver. He’s the one who hands out the penalties.

Why did you escape the penalty of the Law?

Because you were related to the Lawgiver. You were His Son.

That DOESN’T mean you should disregard the law.

It just means that you have been spared the penalty of that law.

Why? Because you were the son of the Lawgiver.

“…the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Through Jesus Christ, we have escaped the penalty of the Law.

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