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Galatians, Chapter Four, Lesson One

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V. 5 ** Besides fulfilling prophesy, why is it important that Jesus was "born of a woman, born under the Law"?

"...in order that He might redeem those who were under the Law..."

He became a man to be a substitute for us, and was born "under the Law" so He could keep it perfectly. When Christ fulfilled the Law, He became the perfect sacrifice for our sins!
(cf. Matthew 5:17, Philippians 2:6-8)

** Back in chapter three and verse 13, we discussed what it means to be redeemed. Do you recall its meaning?

Redeemed [exagorazo] means "to buy up" and is used figuratively saying, "to rescue from loss". Remember, Jesus "bought" us not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with His own precious blood (1Peter 1:18-19).

** Now that we have been purchased by Jesus Christ, what have we received?

"...the adoption as sons." We went from less than a slave, to a position of high honor and reward, all at Christ's expense!

V. 6 ** Since we are God's sons, where did He send the Holy Spirit?

"...into our hearts..." That is why the apostle prays for us, in his letter to the Ephesians, "..to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man; so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith..." (Ephesians 3:16-17).

** As the Holy Spirit "settles down" [dwell] in our heart, being made comfortable by our obedient spirit, what impact does that have on our relationship to the Father?

He makes it an intimate relationship, in which we cry out to God through the Holy Spirit, "Abba! Father". cf. Romans 8:15

V. 7 ** Now that we are no longer slaves, what two things have we become?

Both sons and heirs of all that God has to offer through faith in Jesus Christ!

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