Galatians 4

Read Galatians 4

The Christian life is one that often gets a bad rap from those on the outside looking in. The misperception is that there are too many rules and regulations, no margin for anything fun or remotely enjoyable, and an overall lack of freedom that seems suffocating.

Galatians 4 is a counterargument to that line of thinking. According to Paul, it’s apart from faith in Jesus Christ that we’re actually “enslaved to the elementary principles of the world” (v. 4). Through the sending of his Son, God has actually redeemed–or bought back–his people from enslavement to the law and sin, bestowing on them the status of sons and daughters.

If you have placed your trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, Paul has some great news for you: “You are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God” (v. 7). Brothers and sisters, you are a child of God–with all the rights and privileges pertaining thereunto. Oppression has given way to freedom. Condemnation has surrendered to love. Guilt has been conquered by grace. Live like the son or daughter that you are!

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