Jesse M. Hendley
Now turn with me to the Book of Galatians, chapter 4.
The Apostle has told us in this great chapter that we
are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ and
he has told us how that in the fullness of time God
sent forth His Son to redeem us out from under the law
that we might receive the adoption of sons. Now we are
in the family of God and we are sons and because we
are sons God sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our
hearts, crying, Abba, Father (that is, My Father, My
Father), the witness of sonship with our blessed Lord.
Now we come to verse 8. The Apostle says to the
Galatians, "Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did
service unto them which by nature are no gods." He is
saying, "Before your conversion, before I came to you
and preached to you the Gospel in Jesus and you
accepted Jesus as your Saviour, you were serving those
gods which were no gods (idol worshippers)." The
idols didn't do anything for them. They had to do
everything for the idols. That's the wonder about the
Living God. He does things for us. He loves us; He is
looking after us. We don't have to look after Him.
An idol maker had to take care of his idol but our God
takes care of us.
Then Paul says in verse 9, "But now, after that ye
have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn
ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto
ye desire again to be in bondage?" (Now that you have
come to know God do you want to go back to the bondage
of law and ceremonies which can never save you at all,
can never give you any liberty at all, those weak and
beggarly elements, when you can know God and all of
His strength.) Now notice he said, "But now, after
that ye have known God or rather are known by God."
Paul changes it from "You know God," to "You are known
In verse 9 you can't have anything else but God's
election. We were chosen in Him before the ...
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