Today you should read: Galatians 4:1-7
The truths of the gospel are on vivid display in this passage. Let’s dig into verses 1-7 a little.
In verses 1-3, a comparison is made between a slave and a child. A child, much like a slave, has no authority over the owner and his property. The difference between the slave and the child is that the child is actually “owner of everything.” This means that the child is an heir who was destined to receive everything that was the father’s. The slave, on the other hand, was not in line to receive what was the father’s.
The child would be much like a slave, in regards to authority and ownership, until an appointed time when the father would determine him “of age” to receive what is his. The slave would always be under bondage. Paul used this as an illustration of how God’s children were in bondage under the law and the “elemental things” of the world until an appointed time, which leads to verses 4-5.
The appointed time of rescue from our bondage comes when Christ is revealed to us by the Spirit of God. Jesus was sent to this earth (vs.4) so that he might redeem all who were under the law in order to adopt us as His heirs (vs. 5).
Paul wanted believers to recognize that they were all once in bondage, exactly like a slave. It was only at an appointed time when the Father revealed His Son to them that they had the opportunity to be free from the bondage. Not only were the believers freed from bondage, but they became heirs to receive all that is the Father’s.
Verses 6-7 point out that not only did the believers receive an inheritance, but they received sonship. They were adopted by God. They were no longer slaves to the law, but instead they became His children. As the parent of an adopted child, this resonates with me because I know that Sawyer was once not my child and now he is just as much my child as Millie (our biological daughter) is. And, everything that is mine is also my son’s.
In summary, Paul reminded the Galatian believers that they wereno longer slaves to the old religious system. They were free from the bondage of self-righteousness and had become children of God. He exhorted them to rest in the freedom of having been redeemed by Christ.
What a great reminder today for those of us who struggle to rest in His grace and think we have to keep God appeased with our “righteous deeds.” If you are a follower of Christ, be reminded today that you are a child of the King, you are no longer under bondage, and you’ve received an inheritance from the Father…some of which you are experiencing now and some you will experience in eternity. It’s already yours AND it’s awaiting you.
Posted by: Rich Duffield