JESUS = OUR BIG BROTHER: Galatians 3:26-4:7

SCRIPTURE 

Galatians 3:26-4:7 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. 4:1 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.

BIG IDEA

Jesus + Nothing = Everything. But what exactly is the everything that Jesus has secured for all those who come to saving faith in Him? This is what Paul shows the Galatians (and us!) in the end of chapter three and the beginning of four. Christians are adopted sons of God through faith (v 26), clothed with Christ (v 27), one in Christ (v 28), and heirs through Christ (v 29). How did all of this come to be ours? Through Jesus, our big brother. In 4:1-3, Paul is essentially saying that before we come to Christ, everyone everywhere is enslaved to “the elementary principles of the world” because we are all basing our worth and status off of our works and successes. We are all, in a sense, “under the law” and need to be set free. In 4:4-7, Paul shows us that Jesus became a man, lived under the law, and paid the price through his life, death, and resurrection to buy us back from slavery. But Jesus doesn’t pay for our freedom and let us go another place to fend for ourselves. Rather, he brings us home and God the Father adopts us into his family as sons. And the Holy Spirit keeps working in us to bring the great truth of adoption home to our hearts, as he cries out within us “Abba! Father!”

DISCUSSION 

1. Was there anything from the sermon, big idea, or Galatians 3:26–4:7 that stood out to you, challenged you, or confused you?

2. If you asked 100 people what the difference is between Christianity and other religions, what answers do you think you’d get? What would you say is the difference?

Christians are adopted sons of God through faith (v 26), clothed with Christ (v 27), one in Christ (v 28), and heirs through Christ (v 29).

3. How does someone become a son of God? (v 26) How do you feel about being an adopted son of God? 4. In which area of your life do you most struggle to remember you are “clothed with Christ”? 5. What barriers divide people in the area where you live? How are those broken down within your church; and what do you do to help this?

But Jesus doesn’t pay for our freedom and let us go another place to fend for ourselves. Rather, he brings us home and God the Father adopts us into his family as sons. And the Holy Spirit keeps working in us to bring the great truth of adoption home to our hearts, as he cries out within us “Abba! Father!”

6. Is adoption something you experience as well as understand? How can you meditate on the Son’s work more, and ask the Spirit to work on your affections more? 7. When are you most in danger of living as a slave, not a son?

GOOD WORD

Galatians 4:4-7 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.

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