Chapter 4:1-7–There is no Distinction and You areSons(Continuing from Chapter 3:26-29)How is a child different than a slave? What do you think?
A slave has no rights. A slave is not an heir. A son has rights to the father’s blessings. He is an heir.
Is Paul saying that once a slave becomes a saved by faith, he is no longer aslave?
Paul is speaking to the spiritual state, not the practical. He is saying that EVERYONE can be an heir of Christ. It doesn’t mean that our status on earth will change, but our eternal status has changed.
V. 3: So, essentially, all people, regardless of their earthly status are slavesbefore they have faith in Christ. Do you believe this? If so, what are all peopleenslaved to?
The law. (This is whether they follow it or not.)
V. 4: What does Paul mean when he says that God’s Son was born under thelaw?
Jesus was born to Mary, who was a woman, and was under the law.
Why is the Spirit sent to our hearts? ReadProverbs 4:23 “The heart is the seat of our will.”
What does it meanthat the Spirit callsout “Abba Father”on our behalf?
It means we now have an intimate relationship with God. Abba is translated “daddy” in Aramaic; however, it is more than just a baby word for dadas used in English. You must understand that grown children used this termand it is intimate, rather than simply childish.
Chapter 3:8-16–Don’t go back to old Ways and I am not Your Enemy!Who were the Galatians enslaved to when they did not know God?
Legalism.False teaching. Essentially, the flesh. (the flesh is not just the desire to do “bad” things. It is the desire to do anything that is wrong)
Constable. Galatians, p. 42