4 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. 2 The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. 3 So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces[a] of the world. 4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.[b] 6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba,[c] Father.” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.
Paul’s Concern for the Galatians
8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. 9 But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces[d]? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? 10 You are observing special days and months and seasons and years! 11 I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.
12 I plead with you, brothers and sisters, become like me, for I became like you. You did me no wrong. 13 As you know, it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you, 14 and even though my illness was a trial to you, you did not treat me with contempt or scorn. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, as if I were Christ Jesus himself. 15 Where, then, is your blessing of me now? I can testify that, if you could have done so, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me. 16 Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?
17 Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you from us, so that you may have zeal for them. 18 It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always, not just when I am with you. 19 My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you, 20 how I wish I could be with you now and change my tone, because I am perplexed about you!
Hagar and Sarah
21 Tell me, you who want to be under the law, are you not aware of what the law says? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman. 23 His son by the slave woman was born according to the flesh, but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a divine promise.
24 These things are being taken figuratively: The women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar. 25 Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. 26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother. 27 For it is written:
“Be glad, barren woman,
you who never bore a child;
shout for joy and cry aloud,
you who were never in labor;
because more are the children of the desolate woman
than of her who has a husband.”[e]
28 Now you, brothers and sisters, like Isaac, are children of promise. 29 At that time the son born according to the flesh persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now. 30 But what does Scripture say? “Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman’s son.”[f] 31 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman.
What verse caught your attention as you read through this passage?
First, let’s look at how Paul referenced them as slaves because people felt stuck in trying to follow the law, but simply not being able to perfectly keep it, so it is because of Christ coming that we are no longer slaves to the law, not only that, but we now also get to have an intimate relationship with God.
I loved this question that the application gave us in response to verse 4; Are you waiting on God’s timing? This brings us back to the reminder that we need to trust God, that His plan is greater than our plan and we have no way of knowing what is best without God, only He has gone before us and knows the end.
Looking at verses 5-7 we see the word “adoption” and as some background, at this time, any adopted child was given all the rights of his father’s property, not only this but he was treated equally as well; this is important because we are God’s adopted children and because of that we get to share with Christ all god’s resources, we are fully one of his children.
Let’s move to verse 15. Paul was worried that the Galatians had lost their sense of joy of their salvation because of legalism. At this time our application tells us there were four groups of Christianity, but three of them were false and one of those included legalized Christianity, which was those who lived by a list of “don’ts” and that you must earn God’s favor by your good behavior. If we’ve learned anything from Paul thus far, we know that this simply is not truth. “Are you living by faith in Christ or by trying to live up to the demands and expectations of others?” (application)
And the last thing I want to point out is this section on Hagar and Sarah. Paul used this example because Hagar was a slave, so she represents those enslaved by the law and Sarah who is shown as the free woman, stands for those who were free from being tied to the law for salvation.
Heavenly Father, help us to remember that your way is better, help us to trust you when things get challenging. I pray for our faith Lord, help us to be strong enough in it to not fall for false teachings, help our eyes and ears to be open to when something is spoken to know whether it is true or not. Help us to live as the free and not feel enslaved to your laws. We know your laws are good and we do strive to follow them, but we know that is not how we get to eternity, so Lord use those laws in our life to help us grow closer to you, to better understand your will for our lives. We thank you for these warnings and false groups of Christians that we can learn from so that we can know we are in line with you. Continue to guide us Lord through your Holy Spirit that lives within us. In Jesus mighty name we pray, AMEN!
*Please note: my littlest son has not been feeling well so I will not be posting everyday this week. My hope is to be back by Wednesday, but it is possible that we will get together again next Monday.