August 22/Galatians 4

“When your salvation depends on your faith, what you believe matters”

The following is an excerpt from the sermon that I preached on this chapter on August 14, 2016.

Galatians 4:4–5 (NLT) — 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.

It is good to remember that God always does things in our lives at just the right time. We can count on it. We must be patient. Jesus had to be human to redeem us. We are all under obligation to keep God’s law but we can’t. Jesus pays our full price to the law. He completely fulfills all the law’s demands (perfection) on us. And so He is able to free us from it. Jesus frees us from obeying the law as a means of earning our salvation. Jesus earned it for us!

This adoption is not how we were placed into God’s family like adopting a little baby. We were placed into God’s family when we were born again. This adoption means to receive in full. This adoption is our standing within God’s family as full grown adults with full right of inheritance. All the promises of God are ours now. We don’t have to wait until we grow up to receive them!

We have his acceptance and favor now! We don’t have to do anything to earn his love we have his love now. We are not children of law and performance we are adults of faith and promise.

Our record has been wiped clean and Jesus has written his righteousness on it. No longer do we have to live a good life to earn God’s favor and rewards! Christ gives us every blessing that he deserved by being perfect. We have the same status with God as Jesus has. It gets even better.

Galatians 4:6 (NLT) — 6 And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.”

God sent his son, Jesus, to bring us into the family and God sent the Holy Spirit to bring us into the intimacy of the family. A child assumes she is loved by her daddy and that her daddy will always be there for her; that daddy hears her when she calls.

The Holy Spirit prompts us to call out to God > daddy or papa indicating a loving affection, security, protection, warmth, well-being, and an endless amount of love! Our prayers become intimate conversations instead of hopeful, mechanical requests. Or “now I lay me down to sleep”.

I want you to know that if your image of God doesn’t portray him as a loving, tender, affectionate father—a father who loves you so much that he would adopt you to be his very own—then you don’t know God. And if you approach him as anything other than a loving, tender, affectionate father—you’re knocking on the wrong door.

If you want to experience freedom, approach God as your Father, and accept his affection. I have learned that the better I know God, and the longer I know God, the easier it is to do this.

Galatians 4:7 (NLT) — 7 Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.

God treats us as if we are his only son. We can approach God as if we are as perfect and faithful as Jesus himself. After all our record shows we are! Don’t act like a slave who is afraid of God. Act like a child who is assured of his father’s love.

Jesus says: John 17:23 (NLT) — 23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.

Be Inspired Hilltop!




  1. Mark Gundersen says

    Paul compares the judizers to Ishmael. Both are results of human effort to try and bring about God’s plan. When the fulfillment of God’s plan arrives there is jelousy and persecution of the true son. Paul encourages them and us to live in the promise of sons hip and not as a ward to the father.