“The notion that we are children of God, his own sons and daughters . . . is the mainspring of Christian living . . . Our sonship to God is the apex of Creation and the goal of redemption.” Sinclair Ferguson, Children of the Living God.
This week, in Galatians 3:26-4:7 , we come to what many people regard as the pinnacle, center, and lynch-pin of the book of Galatians. It is a remarkable and profound passage that we could spend a month of Sundays considering, studying, and identifying all the many and deep applications and implications.
Two things have struck me especially in reflecting on this passage:
First is that, being followers of Jesus Christ, we have a choice: We can live as slaves, sons/daughters, or heirs of God. God in Christ has already made his choice. Now the ball is in my court. It is up to me. What do I choose? What will you choose?
Secondly, what’s the difference between son/daughter and heir? Is the term “heir” redundant? Why is it added? Do we ever think, talk about, or hope in our status as heirs?
As you prepare for corporate worship, I encourage you to reflect and meditate on Galatians 3:26-4:7 and the following insights (slightly adapted) from Martin Luther’s 1520, Treatise on Good Works.
If we doubt or do not believe that God is gracious to us and is pleased with us, or if we presumptuously expect to please Him through . . . our works, then our compliance with the law is all pure deception, outwardly honoring God, but inwardly setting up self as a false savior . . . . Note for yourself, then, how far apart these two are: keeping the First Commandment with outward works only, and keeping it with inward justifying faith. For this last makes true, living children of God, the other only makes worse idolatry and the most mischievous hypocrites on earth.
Yours in Christ’s love,