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Our Inheritance in Christ (8 of 16)
We are learning more about our freedom in Christ as we study the book of Galatians. This is our eighth message in a sermon series I've entitled Justified. The book of Galatians shows us that we are made right in God's sight not by our works but by the grace of Jesus Christ.
We have seen how in Galatians 3 the apostle Paul surveyed 2,000 years of Old Testament history. In particular, he showed the relation between three of the great figures of biblical history-Abraham, Moses and Jesus Christ. He explained how God gave Abraham a promise to bless all the families of the earth through his posterity; how He then gave Moses a law which, far from annulling the promise, actually made it more necessary and urgent; and how the promise was fulfilled in Christ, so that everyone whom the law drives to Christ inherits the promise which God made to Abraham.
Tonight, we come to Galatians 4:1-7 and we will discover that when we come to faith in Jesus Christ, He doesn't just cleanse our sins and wipe the slate clean, He adopts us into His family and promises us an eternal inheritance. We see Our Inheritance in Christ. READ TEXT
*Imagine someone who grew up in the worst of slums, where clean water and food were nowhere to be found and we're hopelessness filled the heavy air. Then imagine that a benefactor came along and gave them a title to a magnificent mansion full of every conceivable delight and comfort available to man. Then imagine that person leaving the mansion after a few days to return to life back in the slums. That is what we do when we leave our freedom in Christ for the bondage of the law; when we turn from grace and relationship to rules and legalism. It would be like little orphan Annie wanting to return to the orphanage instead of living in the mansion with Daddy Warbucks.*
Far too often, we wallow in the poverty of this world instead of embracing ...
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