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Summary: We are no longer slaves to the world; but heirs with fully to submitted to Christ. It is in this knowledge that our actions must be focused and guided daily as we lead others to Him.

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Who is a son of God?

Galatians, Part 7

Galatians 3:26 – 4:7

Open to Galatians 3 … Place holder at Romans 8

Introduction

- Purpose of the letter:

1. To teach

2. To correct

3. To point us to Jesus

- The Law was given to bring God’s people back to Himself because we strayed

- The Law shows us the sovereignty of God by giving us Grace through Jesus

-- This brings us into a place of reconciliation in 2 different ways as a creation

-- 1. We must (v22) be reconciled to Christ and accept His death for our sins

-- 2. The Law is given (v24) to reveal to us our NEED for a Savior, who is Jesus

- Read Galatians 3:26 - 4:7

- Pray

∆ Point 1 - Who is a Son of God?

- Paul does a reminder here of simple Christianity, simple yet … often missed

-- HUGE: There is no difference in any person if they are found in Christ

-- This is a great application light for 2015 in when race/class/etc. comes up

- Last week we discussed the revelation of the promise:

- (v21-22) God could not give us a law that justified us; else He would have

- Here is the fulfillment of the promise:

• IF you belong to Christ …

• IF Christ resides in your heart as Lord …

- APP: Then you are part of the promise of the seed; which is life giving for all

- So, who are the sons (and daughters) of God?

• Those in the faith (Those who have placed their faith in Jesus)

- IMP: Without Jesus, there is no heir, no sonship, nothing … except separation

- There is an underlying warning about prideful actions …

-- Even as an heir; we cannot get a big head - we must be under submission

-- There is a direct line of submission here to the Master

-- Romans 2:11, “… God does not show favoritism” (no respecter of persons)

- This is just like how we are under the submission of rulers here on Earth

-- Supervisors, government leaders, those God has put us under (even pastors)

-- We have to obey the One who is responsible for the whole estate

-- APP: We can’t place ourselves over God - EVER … leads to dangerous ground

- TRANS: IF we are sons/daughters of God, then what does that mean for us?

∆ Point 2 – From slave to heir

- There is no difference in a slave or an underage heir, we all must submit to Him

- There was, however, nothing that we could do without God’s intervention

-- When God’s time had fully come; He sent us His Son to redeem us (v4)

-- Why? Simply because there was nothing else that we could do 

- (v5) God had to provide a way in order that we might be redeemed

-- Without redemption, we cannot fully receive what God has for us …

- (v6) Paul shows us a very critical stance that we must adopt

-- The Spirit cries out to God, the Creator, because we are sons of God

-- Abba, Father, or dear daddy, is the cry of our hearts because of our weaknesses

- AN: Think of a child who has fallen down; he wants a parent to come and rescue

-- The child cries because of his helplessness; we too ought were once helpless

-- This is the exact stance that God had to take with us; to rescue us; deliver/save


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