Special Days

“You observe days and months and seasons and years!” (Gal. 4:10) We know that none of these observations are a part of the gospel. They are add-ons brought by the Jewish teachers who are insisting that Christians take on a Jewish cultural look. Be a Christian they say but also be a Jew. Circumcision, feast […]

How Can You?

“But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more?” (Gal. 4:9) Formerly they did not know God but now they do. They met Him […]

Slaves to Idols

“Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods.” (Gal. 4:8) Here Paul is addressing the Gentiles in the Galatian churches. Formerly refers to before they learned of Christ and so before they obeyed the gospel preached by Paul. They knew a lot of gods or […]

A Real Son

“So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” (Gal. 4:7) Remember, slavery here referred to the role of the guardian who prevented the heir from obtaining his inheritance until the time was finished. That’s how the law worked. That’s how sin worked. That was […]

Abba! Father!

“….and because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, Abba! Father!” (Gal. 4:6) So much in this verse. Paul has spent time and effort to prove that the Galatians and all those who belong to Jesus are God’s offspring. This has been necessary to show the relationship […]

Our Adoption

“…to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” (Gal. 4:5) This verse further explains why Jesus was sent. He was sent to redeem those under the penalty of sin. Remember that Paul has shown the Galatians to have been imprisoned under the law. Paul then explains that […]

Sending

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law,” (Gal. 4:4) The fullness of time denotes the time that the father had set. In the same sense that earthly fathers set a time for the heir to receive the inheritance so God had a […]

Slaves to the World

“In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world.” (Gal. 4:3) When we were children obviously denotes the time prior to our coming to faith in Christ. Whether under the law as Jews or under the universal law as gentiles we were seen and dealt […]

Until the Date

“… but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father.” (Gal. 4:2) We continue the thought of the previous verse and Paul returns to his guardian manager comparison. Children were managed by appointed guardians until they reached maturity. This time was controlled by the parent. Paul told us about guardians […]

Growing Up in Faith

“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.” (Gal. 4:1) The heir is the heir as soon as he is born but he doesn’t receive the inheritance. He has to wait until the proper time. This might be […]