Sunday, March 13, 2016

Paul's Epistles - Galatians Part 9 – Underage Heirs

Paul's Epistles - Galatians
Part 9 – Underage Heirs
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith Church | www.PS127.org | www.TruthDigest.org


INTRODUCTION

Paul has explained to the Galatians in the last few chapters that they were heading down the wrong path, the wrong way of thinking.

We are told in Proverbs 14:12, “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.”

Proverbs 16:2 says, “All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.”

The Galatians church lost their way, and strayed from the truth.

James 5:19-20brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, 20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”

Clearly, any “brother and sister” that strays (or wanders) from the truth (which is the Word of God, or Jesus, which is the Word made Flesh!), they are in danger of death (second death) because of their multitude of sins!

Paul, wanting to help the Galatians church, and save them from the err of their way, wanted to turn these brothers and sisters whom have now become “sinners” as the scripture tells us, back to the truth, and save them from the second death (Judgment Day) and cover (with the White Garment of Christ) their multitude of sins! (So they will not be visible on Judgment Day)

Paul and Peter bump heads as Peter is the Apostle who allowed the false teachings and misdirection of the Galatians church to take place, by giving in to peer pressure from the circumcised group trying to teach you needed to obey certain ceremonial laws IN ADDITION to Christ to be right in God’s eyes.

However, this was NOT what Jesus taught, and therefore was a false teaching.


SCRIPTURE REFERENCE Galatians 4:1-7
 What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces of the world. But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.


    I.      WE WERE AS UNDERAGED HEIRS
a. As underage heirs are subjects


b. A slave although he owns the whole estate


c. Subject to guardians and trustees
                                                                                  i. Until the time set by his father



II.      WHEN WE WERE UNDERAGE, WE WERE SUBJECTS
a. Held subject to the elemental forces of the world
                                                                                  i. Basic force of sin in the world which enslaves us
                                                                               ii. Revealed to us through the 10 Commands


b. However, when the time come (set by the Father)
                                                                                  i. We, like underage coming to age, can be released from being a slave,  and receive our inheritance


c. When is the time the Father set for this?
                                                                                  i. When He sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, to redeem those under the Law

                                                                               ii. Therefore adopting us into full Sonship



III.      WE ARE NOW OF AGE BECAUSE OF CHRIST
a. You have been adopted (if you come to Christ)
                                                                                  i. You are sons of God


b. Because you are His sons, He sent the Spirit of His Son into your hearts


c. This Spirit cries out “Abba, Father”



CONCLUSIONtherefore you are no longer a slave

You are no longer a slave, but a child of God, and since you are His child, you are also made an heir to the Kingdom!

If then, you are no longer a slave to the sins of the world which bind and enslave, how is it you find yourself in sin?

Jesus gives us the great commission;

1.      Go into the entire world and preach the Gospel of Salvation
2.      Baptize them into the Father (Laws), Son (Redemption from Law), and Holy Spirit (Down Payment of Sonship and being an Heir to the coming Kingdom)
3.      THEN….teach them to obey all Christ commands.

Jesus tells us in the great commission, until we are saved, and baptized into understanding the Law of the Father (we are in sin), the Son who is Christ (Redemption from that sin), and finally to receive the Holy Spirit (which Paul explains is the Spirit of the Son given to Sons of God), it IS ONLY THEN that you teach them to obey all Christ commands…

BECAUSE it is only them that the Children of God have the Holy Spirit, and ABILITY to be set free from the bondage.

Therefore, if you find yourself in sin, it is NOT because you are enslaved in bondage, but have willfully returned to your chains.

This is why those who return to sin are in danger of the second death, because they have chosen to walk away from the FREEDOM of Christ, and return to the bondage of sin.

The Word of God tells us, Jesus came, not to condemn, but to set free, for those who do not belong to Him are already condemned.

Condemned by the Law.

He sets us FREE from the Law and the bondage of sin.

To return to sin, is to turn our backs on the Lord, the Word and Truth.

But as long as we have breath, we can CONFESS, REPENT and therefore receive forgiveness and once again be called sons of the Most High.



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