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 that 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.
Romans 3:24 (KJV) 24Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
We all have hope of forgiveness, cleansing, and salvation—this despite the truth that all of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glorious standard of holiness. It’s a universally acceptable cliché: “No one’s perfect.” We don’t take that truth for granted, and it’s important to see its more serious side. We make mistakes; that’s part of our imperfection; not all mistakes are sinful. But we’ve all sinned, and we walk away from God when we sin—we separate ourselves from Him—knowingly or not. That’s a consequence that can lead to a terrifying eternal condition. We don’t underestimate the unimaginable horrors of such existence.
Hope—that’s what we find in our precious Lord Jesus—hope that has become a reality for those of us who have placed our full dependence on Him for our salvation, us who have surrendered to His Lordship. How blessed we are really for having our offenses not counted against us, for having our sins forgiven. Happiness—or even joy, can’t describe what we feel in our hearts. Imagine having the Son of God paying the ransom price for our freedom.
We can stop imagining. This isn’t a wishful thinking either. It’s more real than many people think. We’ve sinned; we still do, but to be counted just as if we’ve never even sinned is a blessing beyond measure. Don’t get me wrong; the Bible never teaches a time when God ever stopped being just; He won’t ever because He can’t not be Himself. Being just is His nature. He can justify us freely despite our sins because our precious Lord Jesus paid for all of them. Yes, our sins didn’t go unpunished. We may have gotten “off-the-hook,” but only through the loving-kindness, mercy, and grace of Him who took the punishment (even death) in our place.