September 2, Reading 3 – Galatians 4:1-20

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SAA Notes

The Holy Spirit is the spirit of the Son! In this passage you see the work of Father, Son and Holy Spirit in salvation. Everyone who has experienced misunderstandings in close relationships will appreciate Paul’s words as he seeks to build bridges with this congregation.

SJA Notes

“But when the fulness 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.”

Redemption! Adoption!

These are some of the wonderful realities that Paul points us to here, treasures and blessings that we are to wrestle with, to store in our hearts.

We have been redeemed, out from under the law. God did this for us, through Jesus (God the Son).

We have become adopted into God’s family (adoption as sons).

And because of that adoption, God the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Jesus, has been sent into our hearts.

How good this message is – That we are no longer slaves to sin, no longer under the law, instead heirs through God. That we have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, working each day in our hearts, refining us, moulding us, making us more like Jesus.

And what an inheritance we have as heirs – Redeemed now, and the real and present hope of eternal life in the new heavens and the new earth with our Lord and Saviour.

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

* Father God,

Please wash us clean this day from the muck and mire of the world.

Please write Your word on our hearts that we might not sin against You, that we would be good soil and bear much fruit.

Please work within us Lord God, each of us in the places You have us, that we would bear Your Name well.

Thank You that You have made us heirs, no longer slaves. Thank You for Your Spirit. Thank You for the redemption we have in Jesus.

Amen.

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