Adopted by God

Adopted by God, a 3 point sermon from Galatians 4

I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.     – Galatians 4:1-7

We are by nature the enemies of God.  Ever since the Garden of Eden, humanity has been prone to do the opposite of whatever it is God wants us to do.  Jesus describes us in John 8 as being slaves of sin.  It is easily witnessed throughout the history of God’s people in the Old Testament, the struggles of Paul with his own sin nature, and for that mature the course of all history.  While in a general sense we are all belong to God, our natural state is like that of the prodigal son.  God is watching and waiting for us to come down the road where he will welcome us with open arms. Continue reading