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Christmas Through the Eyes of Bethlehem (1 of 4)
Series: Do You See What I See?
INTRODUCTION: Paul develops the analogy of a child becoming an adult. He compares the position and privilege of a child to those of a servant with the figures of a child and servant representing life under the law and the figures of adult and son representing life in Christ.
The analogy continues to contrast man before salvation, when, whether Jews or Gentile, he is under God's law, and man after salvation, when he is in Christ. The central truth of Galatians 4:1-7 are that life under the law is meant by God to be preparation for divine sonship and that trust in His grace brings realization of that sonship.
I. DEVELOPMENT FOR SONSHIP 1-3
A. A Child Is Like A Servant 1
Using the child/servant (slave) analogy Paul shows that as long as a person puts himself under obligation to the mosaic law, he could never receive a spiritual inheritance.
In spiritual life both the provision and the appropriation of an inheritance have been made possible through the death of Jesus Christ.
B. A Child Is Under Supervision 2
The life of the heir or child is divided into 2 different periods of time. The years of supervision by the guardian and stewards and the time of sonship. The pivotal event which separates them
is ''the time appointed by the father.''
The words for stewards is governors-means house laws. The child is under these supervisors who had been directly appointed by the father.
PRINCIPLE: The child did not become an heir through the house laws but through the provision of the father. The house laws were good and holy, but could not make you an heir.
C. A Child Is In Slavery 3
''Even so we'' - points out a spiritual analogy to the cultural custom of children under supervision.
Before sonship an heir was under the law of the stewards, before saved (justification) by faith Paul and the Jewish believers were under the bondage ...
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