A Compelling Truth: A 30 Day Journey through Galatians with Rob Stanmore

DAY 15

Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.
So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces of the world. But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.

Galatians 3:23-4:7 NIV

 What does it truly mean to be a son or a daughter?

In Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis writes, 

“The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.”

Paul begins to draw from a huge economic divide to show the power of what it means to be accepted by God from a slave to a son.

We begin to see that what Jesus has done for us is like the redemption a slave experiences by being bought from a slave market. However, also simultaneously, like a son in a wealthy household receiving an inheritance.

The gospel message isn’t just the transfer of sin from us, but the rights of a son transferred to us. 

Inheritance isn’t earned, but it is received because of the rights of being a son or a daughter.

In the same way, the acceptance of God cannot be earned, but it is received like an inheritance, and the time has come.

Question

How does this impact the way you approach God knowing you have received grace as an inheritance, not a prize?

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