From Slavery to Royalty

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

Praise God, we are now His children; we’re no longer slaves. He made a way. Transformation from slavery to royalty would have been way more than enough blessings to last for eternity, but there’s more; He also made us His heirs. That’s a proof Galatians 4.7 - From Slavery to Royaltythat us being His children isn’t just a joke; He isn’t kidding around; it’s as true as true can be.

God—the Father of creation is now the Father of our spirits. He is our loving and powerful emancipator. Our sovereign God—He Who lives completely free bought and brought us our freedom. In the fullness of time, in His perfect, surprising, and yet painful way, He gave us His only and beloved Son. Our precious Lord Jesus lovingly and willingly left His throne of glory, became like one of us, and offered His very own life as a sacrificial payment for our sins.

We are free spirits. We are free from the power of sin, from the penalty of sin, and will eventually be free from the presence sin. We are free from the Law—no longer bound and subjected to it. We are delivered from its curse.  We are not children under Law, we’re children of promise. We’re not children of Hagar; we are children of Sarah. We are not from Mount Sinai we are from heavenly Jerusalem.

We’ve been powerfully and mercifully liberated by our Almighty loving God and Father. We don’t use our freedom to indulge our sinful desires; we don’t allow ourselves to be entangled again to the yoke of slavery. It’s for freedom our precious Lord Jesus set us free. We’ve been freed; we are free; we stay free. We’re enjoying our prized liberty as God’s children, enjoying our inheritance, blessing and serving others with them, and looking forward to infinitely more.

Slaves to Children

Galatians 4:5   (KJV)   5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

What a blessing! What a change! I don’t know if many of us understand the gravity or importance of this truth. We were slaves; now were children. We were under the law, but our Lord Jesus, in His perfect timing, came, and bought our freedom. We’re not just galatians-4-5-from-slaves-to-childrenpretend children; we are adopted—real children. It’s true, not a lot of people realize or admit that we were slaves—slaves to the law, to sin, to the enemy’s whims.

It’s not easy for some to admit any kind of bondage; it’s either embarrassing or discouraging. But it’s okay; those still in bondage can be free; those of us in Jesus are now free. And the great thing about it is that we’re not just freed slaves; we are now God’s children. Some may ask: “Aren’t we all God’s children?” Yes and no. Yes, we’re all God’s children in the sense that God is the Father of creation. We’re all children by virtue of creation. And no, we’re not all God’s children in the sense that only those who place their absolute dependence on Jesus as their Savior, and surrender their lives to Him as Lord are God’s spiritual children.

We as His spiritual children are totally and humbly grateful for this wonderful honor and privilege. Oh, to be able to praise God and worship Him in His greatness, majesty, and splendor, and then to address Him as “Dad,”—how comforting; how inspiring; how encouraging.

Dead to the Law

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Galatians 2:19   (KJV)   19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.

This is so amazing! God’s wisdom really is inscrutable. Who would and could ever come up with such a plan as His? God used the Law as a spiritual mirror showing us our spirit’s true visage and condition. Through the Law, we see our flaws. The best of us fall short of God’s glorious standard. It doesn’t matter how much we try, we imperfect beings have imperfections; some of them are sinful. Our best intentions don’t always translate to best actions.

God is absolutely, unquestionably, incomparably holy, wise, loving, and just. He brought about the greatest successful rescue attempt ever made for the salvation of humanity. His Son willingly came, lived perfectly—in full obedience to all the requirements of the law for 33 years or so, succeeding where we fail; sacrificed His life to pay for all our sins, and rose again victoriously—conquering the grave, hell, and death.

Looking at the reality of the law and confronting our reality in it leads us to a desperate and humble dependence in our Savior. The law is no longer our path to salvation; it’s our precious Lord Jesus—by His grace and through full yieldedness, surrender, grip, trust, and dependence in Him. So yes, we’re dead to the law—no longer trying to meet all its requirements—not meaning that we now live a wild life of debauchery. No, we are not lawless; lawlessness and obedience don’t mix. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we now live simply, faithfully, joyfully, diligently, and restfully for God.

Fulfillment of the Law

Romans 13:10   (KJV)   10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

If the commandments having to do with human relationship is summed up to loving our neighbor as ourselves, loving them has largely to do with not harming them.

Not doing ill or harm to others is great; doing good to them is as great or even greater. We’ve heard the saying “Don’t do unto others what you don’t want others to do unto you;” the Lord Jesus told us to “Do unto others what we want others to do to us.”

Loving others is a debt we have to pay; it’s a debt we’re actually encouraged to have.

Power and Miracles – by Faith

Galatians 3:5   (KJV)   He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

Believers experience the power of the Holy Spirit because of faith. The miraculous works that God does among them and through them happen because of the same – faith. It is not dependent upon their obedience to the Old Testament Jewish laws.

If we will base our effectiveness in the ministry on how well we score in our obedience to God’s commands, we will always find ourselves ineffective. Sadly, we will most probably find ourselves blaming ourselves a lot. There will be a lot of times when we may not see or sense the Holy Spirit working powerfully in our ministries. There will be a lot of times when we won’t see fireworks of God’s miraculous works filling the darkness of our seemingly futile attempts to make a difference. There will be a lot of times when our endeavors would yield very little “success” or even none. We may have a lot of prayers that won’t be granted. Please understand this well. It doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s because we’re disobedient or less faithful than those with “bigger” and “richer” lives and ministries. Let’s listen to what the Word says. Let’s look at Who God is and base our reasons, trust, and expectations on them.

Our dear holy, faithful, powerful, immutable, and miracle-working God, may we lock in on You as the focus of our dependence. We are unworthy; we will always be unworthy, but You will always be worthy. We know that You won’t ever change. Whether we fail or not, Your Spirit will always be powerful, You will always be involved in our lives, and if needed, You will always be willing to perform miracles. Thank You, in Jesus’ Name, amen.

Righteousness Matters

Galatians 2:21  (KJV)   21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

Grace can be wasted. To continue to pursue law-righteousness is to frustrate grace-righteousness. The death of Jesus Christ is a very direct statement that no one can be made righteous through the works of the law. If there is even one person who can qualify for eternal life because of self-righteousness, the gruesome and painful sacrifice of the Lord Jesus will be the unwisest choice and biggest mistake ever made – in heaven or on earth.

It’s no good to abuse God’s grace; it’s equally no good to waste it. If any person has any chance or assurance for salvation, it’s never going to be through the path of the law; it’s always going to be through the Lord Jesus Christ. Let me be quick to state that I’m not undermining the importance and call for pursuit of daily righteous living. Yes, we ought to be righteous in our thoughts, in our actions, and in our choices. But the righteousness that will save us is the righteousness that’s not our own. It’s the righteousness of our Lord Jesus Christ that He shares with us – His righteousness that becomes our righteousness. His righteousness is the only righteousness that qualifies for the perfect eternity in the presence of the perfect holy God. That written, we ought to now live out practically who we are positionally.

Dear righteous Father, thank You for the riches of Your loving generosity. Thank You for sharing us Your righteousness to the full measure. We would have been hopeless without it. Because of it, we will be with You for eternity. For this, we are indeed eternally grateful, in Jesus Name, amen.