Sep 1, 2019. Galatians 4:5-11, Back to Slavery

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BACK TO SLAVERY Galatians 4:5-11. 09/01/2019. #15. AM.

Galatians 4:5-11 [New King James Version (NKJV)]

5 to 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 your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. 8 But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods. 9 But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? 10 You observe days and months and seasons and years. 11 I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain.

  1. Paul had finished his theological treatise
    1. He proved the Law was a definer of holiness. but a condemner of the unholy
    1. Paul states that all the pagan idols that the Galatians had previously worshipped were net gods at all
      1. When the Galatians came to Christ, they were freed from the condemnations of idols
      1. If they attempted to replace faith with the observances of the Law, the once again they place themselves back under condemnation
    1. Paul’s tone is blunt and accusatory
      1. Most of the time our tone should be caring, gentle, inviting, and deferring
      1. Blunt and shaming language is reserved for stubborn believers who knew the truth. but rebel against the truth they know and had previously embraced and followed
      1. At times sternness is called for, but the Spirit must lead in such situations and responses that come out of our own frustration and angst must be kept is check
  2. Paul speaks to the Gentiles on their terms
    1. The Galatians Gentiles had no relationship with the Old Testament
    1. Paul had to use Paganism as an example
      1. We must use the things that are familiar to others to relate the Gospel to them
      1. The Lord used parables of common aspects of life to relate to his hearers
      1. Paul uses the Galatian’s pagan past to illustrate how serving Law is like idolatry (I Corinthians 9:13-23)
    1. Christ had freed the Galatians from serving false gods
      1. Idols are imaginary and unreal
      1. The Galatians worshipped, sacrificed, and served fairytale beings out of their own imaginations
  3. Trading one set of chains for another
    1. Paul was aghast that the Galatians seen left the One who had freed them to go back to observing days, seasons, and rituals
      1. Pagan worship included many special days, rituals, and astrological observances
      1. The Jewish calendar contained special feasts and rites, so the Galatians traded pagan ritual for Jewish ones
    1. Paul calls these pagan observances “beggarly” and “weak”
      1. Beggarly = impoverished, interior, peer
      1. Weak = sickly, feeble, helpless (unable to function)
    1. The basic instinct of self-deliverance is too weak to work
  4. What is genuine faith?
    1. Paul is shocked that the Galatians drifted from the faith that they had understand and embraced under his ministry
    1. Were the Galatians saved or had Paul wasted his time with them?
    1. Genuine salvation involves a core belief in one‘s own sinfulness, God’s absolute holiness, God’s grace expressed in Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf, and salvation exclusively through faith in Christ (his substitutionary atonement}
    1. Core belief is not enough—salvation must be personally appropriated through abiding faith in Christ alone
      1. Faith is relational and not intellectual
      1. Faith is evidential and not theoretical (Luke 24)
      1. Faith is perpetual and not temporary [example Josh Harris) – I John 2:19 those who are saved stay in the faith
      1. Faith is divinely asserted and not humanly certified