Today’s passage: Galatians 4:1-7
- A person under the guardianship of the Law could never have achieved righteousness. The things of this world could never bring us to God or make us His children.
- Christ’s righteous sacrifice also served as a redemption, a purchase price, buying us out of our slavery.
- A bond servant who was to be made an heir first had to be redeemed (The purchase of their freedom) and then adopted (Legally declared the child of one who is not their natural father).
- We are not natural children, we are adopted. We cannot possess divinity like God the Son, so God sent the Spirit to dwell within us.
- The Spirit serves as a seal (An official marker) that our inheritance is sure. (Ephesians 1:13-14)
- The Spirit confirms in our hearts that we are the children of God. (Romans 8:16)
- Using both “Abba” and “Father” conveys a relationship of endearment (Like a child saying “Daddy” or “Papa”) and respect.
Questions to consider:
- Many of us might primarily think about what it means to be saved. But what does it mean to be redeemed and adopted as a child of God?
- What is this passage teach us about the role of the Holy Spirit? What does He do?
- How would remembering the permanent presence of the Spirit encourage us to live in such a way as to please our loving Father?