Freedom – Week 4 :: October 22, 2017 – Rusty Hutson
Galatians 4:1-7 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. 2The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. 3So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces of the world. 4But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. 6Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” 7So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.
IF PAUL WERE HERE TODAY AND COULD RELATE THIS TO US IN OUR CONTEXT HE WOULD SAY A COUPLE OF THINGS IN SIMPLE TERMS:
1. Don’t Go Back!
- Christ died so that we might experience Freedom! Not so we could go back to thing he freed us from.
- Romans 7:25 – Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!
2. Walk Forward by the Spirit
Galatians 5:1 – It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Galatians 5:16-26 – So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever17 Or you do not do what you want. 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Philippians 3:13 – But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.