December 8, 2019


Passage: Galatians 3:26-4:7
Service Type:


  • Sonship - a child of the living God
    • Quote from J. I. Packer
  • Abba Father
    • The Christian is a child of God
    • We have the Spirit of God in our heart
    • We cry out instinctively
  • The Father God is a wonderful truth
    • The Prodigal Son
  • Overview:
    • What is true about you? (3:26-29)
    • Why is it true? (4:1-7)
    • The assurance you can have

What is true? (3:26-29)

  • A personal address - v26
    • Paul changes form the pleural pronoun 'we' to 'you' - Paul is speaking personally to the Galatians
      • They had been disturbed by false teachers
      • Many are feeling inferior
      • They can't trace their ancestry to Abraham
      • They are being told that Jesus Christ is not sufficient
    • Paul addresses them directly
      • If you have believed, you are a son of God - you are a child of God
      • You have all the rights and privileges of any child - whether Jew or Gentile
      • Example
      • Christ saves us
      • Through faith in Christ Jesus
  • The proof - v27
    • Baptised into Christ
      • Spiritual baptised
      • Immersed into Christ
      • When born again, born into Christ
    • Put on Christ
      • Not about taking off or cutting out
      • It is about Christ
    • Quote from Charles Spurgeon
      • You belong to God
      • The blood of Christ cleanses from every sin
  • There is no inferiority - v28
    • We are all one
    • The Church comprises people of all different backgrounds
    • We belong to God
    • We belong to one another
    • No distinctions in the eyes of God
  • Heirs of the promise - v29
    • The Jews were descended from Abraham
    • The Gentiles are Abraham's seed
      • You believe the promises
      • Jesus Christ is the Seed
  • Application
    • All about Christ

Why is it true? (4:1-7)

  • Paul wants the Gentiles to understand the importance of these issues - explanation
  • Reading 4:1-7
  • Example of a child who will inherit
    • The Jews
      • Before Christ came, the Jews were under the law
      • As a nation they were under bondage
    • Then Christ came
      • He put Himself under the law
      • He was the perfect Man
      • He became a curse for us
      • That we might have the adoption as sons
    • A new relationship with God
      • We are sons
      • We can now enjoy the inheritance
      • The Gentiles are sons - v6

The assurance you can have

  • Do you struggle with assurance?
    • We all go through times of doubt
  • Wonderful truths - we are not slaves but sons
    • We have the same nature as the Father
    • We have intimacy with our Father
    • We have the Spirit of adoption
    • We have the love of the Father
    • We have a future and an incorruptible inheritance
  • Do you have assurance?
    • Meditate on these truths
    • Remember your freedom in Jesus Christ

Closing Remarks