Beyond Servanthood (4 of 4) by Jeff Strite

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Beyond Servanthood (4 of 4)
Series: Servants of Christ
Jeff Strite
Galatians 4:1-9

OPEN: James Dobson tells of the time he was away on a business trip. While he was away, and his wife and 2 children were sitting down to eat, his wife turned to their two year old son Ryan and asked if he would like to pray before he and sister ate.
The invitation startled the little boy, but he folded his little hands, bowed his head and said reverently,
"I love you Daddy, Amen." (James Dobson, Focus On The Family Magazine April 07 p. 18)

APPLY: Now, who was little Ryan praying to?
(His earthly daddy)
Because, in his child-like mind - his earthly father WAS God.
His earthly father was most powerful being he knew.
Granted, it was bad theology.
But in his childlike mistake Ryan hit upon a truth.

You see, when you I become Christians God - the most powerful being we could possibly know - God became our Father.

Paul writes in Galatians 4:4-7
"…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.

This is a repeated theme throughout the New Testament.
Romans 8:14-16 for example says "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 in order that we may also share in his glory."

John wrote: How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called CHILDREN OF GOD! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 1 John 3:1

And earlier in Galatians, Paul had written: "YOU ARE ALL SONS OF GOD through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of ...

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