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Not a slave, but a son!

Scripture reading for August 20th:  Psalm 108-111, Galatians 4

Key Scriptures:  Galatians 4:4-7 “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.  And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba, Father!”  So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” 

Paul carefully explained God’s amazing plan to redeem those in slavery to sin under the law and it’s curse of death.  God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, born of woman, and born under the law.  He identified with sinful men, but was Himself without sin for He perfectly kept God’s law.  He did this to purchase with His sacrificial death the freedom of all who would believe on Him in faith.  All who believe receive the Spirit of God who bears witness in our hearts that we are God’s children and heirs with Christ.

Psalm 108:3-5 “I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to You among the nations.  For Your steadfast love is great above the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.  Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!  Let Your glory be over all the earth!”

Prayer:  O Father, Your amazing love and faithfulness to us brings the joy of being adopted into Your great household!  May Your glory be over all the nations as Your children share your love!  Amen.

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A son of God and Heir!

Scripture reading for August 19th:  Galatians 4

Key scriptures for over-comers:  Galatians 4:4-7  “But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.  Because you are 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 a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.”  

God’s timing is always perfect!  At just the right time, He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ to redeem those under the law of God and in slavery to sin.  After paying for mankind’s sins on the cross of Calvary and raising from the dead by the Spirit of Holiness, Jesus and the Father sent the Holy Spirit to live in the hearts of believers.  This Gift of the Father testifies to us that we are now adopted ‘sons of God’ and heirs of the promises made to all who have faith.  Why would anyone want to go back under the law and it’s condemnation?  In Christ God has given us a full inheritance as His children!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers know the reality of becoming sons of God by faith in Jesus Christ and live a life of faith expecting the full inheritance of eternal life with God the Father!  “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant placers; surely I have a delightful inheritance.  . . .You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.”  (Psalm 16:6, 11)

 

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Sons and Heirs of God!

Scripture reading for August 20th:  Galatians 4

Those who by faith put their hope in Jesus Christ for salvation and forgiveness of sins are adopted into God’s family and become ‘Sons of God’.  As a son has a right to the family estate, so we who believe now are heirs of God!

“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  For if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”  (Galatians 3:26-28)  Paul was teaching the Galatians that in Christ there was no longer any distinction between Jew and Gentile, male or female or slave or free people in their access to God as Father or to the inheritance promised to Abraham by faith.  Christ has opened up God’s family to all who believe!

“But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.  Because you are 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 a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.”  (Galatians 4:4-7)

What is the inheritance of believers?  God promised to be their Father and they His children!  God promised them eternal life in His Holy Presence and access to Him!  God gave the Holy Spirit as a down payment of the inheritance that now is ours by faith!  The Spirit within us cries “Abba, Father!”

 

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Law of the Spirit of Life!

Scripture reading for June 24th:  Romans 8

“Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.  For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering.  And so He condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.”  (Romans 8:1-4)

Paul explained that he found deliverance from the sinful nature and the condemnation of a life of sin through Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ, God’s Son, was a man like us, but without sin.  He was made to be a sin offering for sinful man to pay the penalty for our sins–through His death!   Now, through the gift of the Spirit, (from God our Father), we have been declared righteous!  This is the same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead that now gives eternal life to our mortal bodies!  (Romans 8:10-11)

Paul next explained that those who are set free from the law of sin and death now live by the Holy Spirit.  They must allow the Spirit to lead them in the way of Jesus the Son.  In fact, the Holy Spirit confirms that we are children of God, adopted into His family!  “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you have received the Spirit of sonship.  And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.”  The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”  (Romans 8:15-16)

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Abba, Father!

Scripture reading for November 20th: Romans 6-8

Fathers are important people in the lives of their children.  God has given fathers the responsibility of modeling for their children the character of God, the Father.  They are to teach their children how to love, serve, and give their lives to God and others.

“For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.  And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.  Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of god and co -heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings that we may also share in His Glory.” Romans 8:15-17

When we invite Jesus to be Lord of our lives, the Holy Spirit comes to live in us and we are adopted into the family of God.  The Holy Spirit in us confirms that we are children of God and our inner man cries, “Abba”, which is the Greek word for “Daddy”.  We become “co-heirs” with Christ in the Father’s family!  (Romans 8:17)  This means that we are in the will!  We have an inheritance from our Daddy,  who owns everything!  He made the universe, stars, planets, and every living thing visible and invisible!

Paul stated that we will share in glory if we are willing to share in His sufferings. When Jesus lived on earth, he suffered temptations and overcame them by the Holy Spirit.  He suffered persecution, physical torture, and even death because of His willing obedience to the Father.  He loved us enough to endure the pain and shame of crucifixion so that we might be adopted into Father’s family!  (Hebrews 12:1-2)  Now that we are part of His family, we obediently submit to suffering to enter into glory!

As you go through your day today, take time to talk to your “Abba” and tell Him how much you appreciate what He has provided!  Take any inconvenience or suffering as opportunity to thank Him for the coming glory!

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The working of the Spirit!

Scripture reading for July 23rd: Romans 8:9-23

The Holy Spirit works within the believer to produce life and peace.  (Romans 8:6)  One of the first things that He does is help each person who trusts Jesus Christ to know that they are a child of God.  “because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.  For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of son-ship.  And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.”  The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” (Romans 8:14-16)

Before we were saved, we had an underlying fear of death.  We knew that those who sinned deserved to die and would be judged.  God made this evident to Jew and Gentile alike through the law and conscience.  But in Christ, the fear of death is removed by the Spirit of Life.  We are now adopted into God’s family through the Spirit and have an inner knowledge of God as our true Father in Heaven.  We can even call him “Abba”, the Aramaic word for “Daddy”!  We have two witnesses, our spirit and the Holy Spirit that we belong to God.  This brings great joy and peace!  Not only are we children, but heirs and co-heirs with Christ in the kingdom of our Father!

Suffering is in the package, however.  If we belong to Christ, we will share in His sufferings while here on this earth as we await our full redemption.  (Romans 8:17-18)  In fact, Paul tells the Roman believers and us that all of creation is awaiting this  future redemption.  It is groaning in pains like that of a woman giving birth.  “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.  Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.” (Romans 8:22-23)

This suffering is nothing compared to the glory that is to be revealed in us!  The best is yet to come!  The Spirit is helping us and leading us to this time of complete redemption.  He reassures us that we belong to God and encourages us in our suffering, revealing Christ’s glory and a vision of this glorious freedom when we receive our redeemed body!

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Abba, Father!

Scripture reading for November 19th: Romans 6-8

God has given fathers the responsibility of modeling  the character of God, the Father.  They are to teach their children how to love, serve, and give their lives to God and others.  Sin has marred this process so that many times fathers teach the opposite to their children.  Children hate their fathers or are afraid of them.  In Romans 8, Paul teaches us about the new relationship that salvation brings with our heavenly Father through the Holy Spirit.

“For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.  And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.  Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co -heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings that we may also share in His Glory.” Romans 8:15-17

When we repent, we are adopted into the family of God and made a part of that family.  The Holy Spirit gives us a deep understanding that we are children of God and our inner man cries out, “Abba”, which is the Greek word for “Daddy”.  It is the affectionate title of a family member for their father!   Remember Jesus taught His disciples to pray, “Our Father in heaven.” (Matthew 6:9)

We become “co-heirs” with Christ in the Father’s family!  (Romans 8:17) We have an inheritance from our Father’s estate and  God owns everything visible and invisible!  This truth is beyond comprehension with our natural mind!  We must have revelation to  begin to grasp what God has given us!

However, we will share in this glory only if we are willing to share in His sufferings.  When Jesus lived on earth, he suffered temptations, persecution, physical torture, and death because of His willing obedience to the Father who loved Him.  He loved us enough to endure the pain and shame of crucifixion so that we might be adopted into Father’s family!  (Hebrews 12:1-2)  Now that we are part of that family, we must obediently submit to a path of suffering to enter into glory!

As you go through your day today, take time to talk to your “Abba” and tell Him how much you appreciate what He has provided!  Take any inconvenience or suffering as opportunity to thank Him for the coming glory!

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No longer a slave, but a son!

Scripture reading for September 18th: Galatians 3:23-4:31

Paul likened those under the law to slaves and prisoners.  “But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.  Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed.  So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.” (Galatians 3:22-24)  In fact, the Bible declares that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  (Romans 3:23)  It is by faith in Jesus Christ that we are justified.  We can never be made righteous by our works.  The law actually imprisons us because we cannot keep it.

But thanks be to God that through faith we are now adopted into God’s family!  “You are all sons of God through faith in Jesus Christ, for all who were baptized into Christ have clothed themselves with Christ.  Therefore there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor 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.” (Galatians 3:26-29)  Paul is telling these Galatians that they are no longer under the law or slaves of sin.  They are now sons of God, and clothed with Christ.  Their past identities no now longer are relevant.  In Christ all are one new family.  Christ is Abraham’s promised ‘Seed’ and from faith in Him, all are now heirs of God’s promises to Abraham.

Abraham had two sons.  Ishmael was born of the slave woman, Hagar.  Isaac was his child through Sarah by divine promise.  These two sons were types of two covenants.  One covenant, the law, was given at Mt. Sinai and brought slavery.  Hagar stands for Mt. Sinai and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children.  But Isaac was a child of promise, conceived by faith in God’s promise.  We who trust in Christ are children of this free woman and born of the Spirit!  There is conflict between the two even today!   The main point of this teaching is that faith brings freedom and adoption while the law brings bondage and slavery.  What an easy choice!

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The working of the Spirit

Scripture reading for July 23rd: Romans 8:9-23

The Holy Spirit works within the believer to produce life and peace.  (Romans 8:6)  One of the first things that He does is help each person who trusts Jesus Christ to know that they are a child of God.  “because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.  For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.  And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.”  The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” (Romans 8:14-16)

Before we were saved, we had an underlying fear of death.  We knew that those who sinned deserved to die and would be judged.  God made this evident to Jew and Gentile alike through the law and conscience.  But in Christ, the fear of death is removed by the Spirit of Life.  We are now adopted into God’s family through the Spirit and have an inner knowledge of God as our true Father in Heaven.  We can even call him “Abba”, the Aramaic word for “Daddy”!  We have two witnesses, our spirit and the Holy Spirit that we belong to God.  This brings great joy and peace!  Not only are we children, but heirs and co-heirs with Christ in the kingdom of our Father!

Suffering is in the package, however.  If we belong to Christ, we will share in His sufferings while here on this earth as we await our full redemption.  (Romans 8:17-18)  In fact, Paul tells the Roman believers and us that all of creation is awaiting this  future redemption.  It is groaning in pains like that of a woman giving birth.  “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.  Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.” (Romans 8:22-23)

This suffering is nothing compared to the glory that is to be revealed in us!  The best is yet to come!  The Spirit is helping us and leading us to this time of complete redemption.  He reassures us that we belong to God and encourages us in our suffering, revealing Christ’s glory and a vision of this glorious freedom when we receive our redeemed body!

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