Devotions for April 28, 2017

GALATIANS 4:1-7

4 Think of it this way. If a father dies and leaves an inheritance for his young children, those children are not much better off than slaves until they grow up, even though they actually own everything their father had. 2 They have to obey their guardians until they reach whatever age their father set. 3 And that’s the way it was with us before Christ came. We were like children; we were slaves to the basic spiritual principles[a] of this world.

4 But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. 5 God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.[b] 6 And because we[c] are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.”[d] 7 Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child.[e] And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.

POSITION, NOT PAROLE

Here the themes of adoption, redemption, and being heirs of Christ culminate in Paul’s message to the church: they are freed from slavery to sin in order to live unhindered as sons and daughters of God.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: What does Paul mean by “redeemed” in this passage? How was it accomplished?

Q: Do you feel like you are on parole, living in frustration with sin and guilt? If so, how can this passage reshape your focus on the source of your righteousness and faith?

Q: When sharing the Gospel, how can you use Paul’s focus on our position in Christ’s redemption rather than the process of doing good deeds?

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