“Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son”
SIH’s Think On These Things: Gal 4:4-7
Gal 4:4-7 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
As this Thanksgiving month progresses, let’s turn our attention to another wonderful work that the Lord accomplishes when He redeemed us on the cross.
“But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law”
The birth of Christ in Bethlehem took place on God’s timetable. It was not an accident, nor an after-thought, nor was it a quickly contrived remedy for an unexpected fall of man. No, it was the plan of God, made in eternity past, to bring about the deliverance of His people from the sin they have chosen to commit.
Fathered by the Spirit, Christ was brought into this world by Mary through the physical birth process. Being not only God, but human as well, Christ was a citizen of the nation of Israel (making him subject to the ceremonial and judicial law of God) and a citizen of all mankind (making Him subject to the moral law of God)
“To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”
What was one of the great purposes of Christ’s coming? It was to redeem (pay the ransom for) us from under the mandate and punishment of the law of God. Before the work of Christ is applied to the heart, the only possible way to escape the wrath of God would be to perfectly keep God’s moral law. For fallen mankind, this is impossible. Therefore, God sent His Son to pay the price for our moral disobedience, giving us the way of escape from the wrath of God.
This same act of redemption also brings us into the family of God. In other words, we are permanently adopted into God’s family.
“And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”
The blessings that come to us based upon our family membership are three-fold. First, we receive His indwelling Spirit to accompany, comfort, aid and keep us secure in Him. Second, we are no longer enslaved to keeping His law to gain salvation, but now, we joyfully keep His commands from a heart of love and desire to please our Heavenly Father. Third, we become heirs of God, securing for us many wonderful temporal and eternal blessings that are shared with all other fellow believers and Christ Himself.
Folks, let us live today with thankful hearts knowing that, if we have trusted in Christ, through His shed blood, we have become members of the family of God and joint-heirs with Christ.
If there are some reading this who have never trusted in Christ, please be thankful He has made a way for you to become adopted members of His family as well. By acknowledging your disobedience to God and turning to Him in faith you can become part of His family and become heirs of His grace and blessings.
Eph 1:3-6 (KJV) Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.
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