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Galatians, Chapter Four, Lesson One

NEVER TURNING BACK           Page 2

Never Turning Back

V. 1 ** As Paul now continues his analogy of the Christian "child" growing into spiritual adulthood, how does that child compare to a household slave?

1) He "does not differ at all..." in that he is under those who are in authority in the home.

2) He is different in that he is the "owner of everything" in the home through his inheritance.

** Before we go any further, let's remind ourselves of the characters in this analogy...

From chapter 3:23-24, who does the "child" represent?

The Elect, before placing their faith in Christ.

When does the child "mature" in a spiritual sense?

When we trust Christ for salvation. (Galatians 3:25)

V. 2 ** Ok, then what does Paul mean by saying that the child is "under guardians and managers"?

Guardians were responsible for the child's care and specific daily needs, while the managers (stewards) were responsible for running the estate of their master, to the benefit of the children.
cf. Matthew 24:45-46

Remember, Paul was saying that before we were saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, we were under the tutelage of the Law as children, to bring us to a saving knowledge of Christ.
cf. Galatians 3:24

** How long was the child, or heir of the estate, to remain like the slave?

"...until the date set by the father."

** Does our Heavenly Father have a date set for us to come to Christ in faith and no longer be enslaved under the Law?

Absolutely yes! cf. John 6:44 and 65
It was a date set in the mind of God from before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4).

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