26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.
1 Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything, 2 but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by the father. 3 So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world. 4 But when the fulness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, 5 in order that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.
Why don’t you look like your mom?
Josie Firstbrook and her husband had adopted their son, Eric, from Korea. When he was 5, they were having lunch at a restaurant, and Eric made conversation with a boy at the next table. At one point the boy asked Eric, “Why don’t you look like your mom?” “Cause she’s a girl,” he replied.
1. Who do you look like? Do you have a family resemblance?
2. Who do you want to look like? For us the answer should be our Father.
1. Paul is defending the essential message and application of the gospel.
2. We are discovering how God puts us in relationship with Him.
The Judaizers agreed that the relationship began through Christ’s work on the cross, but it was also absolutely dependent on what we do. Their intentions, on the surface, were not so bad. They did not want to lose the authority of the revelation of God that we find in the Old Testament. So, they were also requiring circumcision and the dietary laws that the Jews practiced. But, as Paul points out, this was a misreading of the purpose of the law. The law’s purpose was to show our sin, not prevent it. For instead of being a preventative, it aggravated it. This aggravation was to cause them and us to seek a different way.
· Paul has good news for us in all of this.
o Our situation is not hopeless.
o Because we are in Christ…
3. We are Adopted as God’s Children
We are God’s children, period.
It is not dependent on what we do. It is dependent on who we are in Christ.
· There are those who say that “we are ALL God’s children.”
· Yes, God is Father of all humanity in that He created us,
· Yes, all humans are brothers and sisters in that we share the image of God.
· BUT spiritually speaking , we become God’s sons and daughters only through ADOPTION by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
(v. 26) You are all sons of God THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST JESUS…
It comes through faith in Christ Jesus. There is no other way.
4. We will find in our study of Galatians 3:26-4:7, three characteristics that
show how we are God’s children.
I. WE ARE AN ILLUSTRATION (3:27).
1. The person of faith is baptized…a picture of New Life in Christ
by the Spirit
2. When people see us, they are to see Christ.
· We are to be clothed in Christ.
· So much so, that when we are seen, Christ is seen.
· The context of this comes from Roman culture.
o For when the Roman child came of age, he took off the garments of a child and put on the toga of the adult citizen. In the same way, in baptism the believer in Christ removes the garments of the old life–its habits, its addictions, its attitudes–and replaces those garments by putting on His attitudes, His love, His service. We proclaim our new status as sons and daughters of God through baptism and we exhibit it through changes in our lives.
So, Baptism is a Drama.
o The old is gone; the new has come.
o The old clothes are gone; the new ones are put on.
o And now, we are true children of God that everyone can see.
II. WE ARE AN INDIVISIBLE WHOLE (3:28).
1. Cultural divisions are to have no part in the church.
2. One’s social status was irrelevant to acceptance in the church.
3. The concept of the inferiority of women and practice of sexual prejudice were to be eliminated from the church.
- While we are not all identical, we are all equal.
- And together, we make one unified whole. The Body.
III. WE ARE AN INHERITOR (3:29-4:7).
1. WE ARE RECEIVERS OF THE PROMISE TO ABRAHAM.
When we are in Christ, we receive the promise given to Abraham.
We are the blessed ones, for we have become Abraham’s inheritance.
We become sons.
The time of slavery is done.
The time of Christ is the time of freedom.
2. WE WERE SLAVES UNDER THE LAW.
3. BUT WHEN THE TIME WAS RIGHT, GOD SENT HIS SON TO ADOPT
US AS “SONS.”
So, now we possess a special intimacy with the Father
Now we call Him, “Abba” (Daddy).
4. TO CONFIRM OUR INHERITANCE, WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE SPIRIT!
There are benefits that come with being a “son.”
1. YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE SAME NATURE AS THE FATHER.
2. YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN EQUAL STATUS.
3. YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN AN INHERITANCE.
4. YOU CAN RESPOND OUT OF LOVE.
5. YOU POSSESS A BRIGHT HOPE AND FUTURE.
6. REJOICE THAT YOU ARE GOD’S CHILD!