Date: April 21, 2014 12:10 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Freedom vs. Slavery
Freedom vs. Slavery
"So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir." (Galatians 4:7)
Scripture Focus: Genesis 21:1-13; Galatians 4:21-31
One of the exciting things about the Bible is how, from the beginning of Genesis, it reveals God's eternal plan for our redemption in Jesus.
Paul, in Galatians, uses the lives of Hagar and Sarah to illustrate the difference between God's Old Testament agreement with His people and the New Testament covenant ushered in through Christ. The slave Hagar and her son born by human plan represent the covenant of the law, which could only point out our slavery to sin. But Sarah, being a free woman and her son the fulfillment of God's promise, represents the covenant of grace begun through Jesus.
This new agreement makes us God's children, born into freedom from sin and death, alive by faith, and qualified to share the inheritance of eternal life.
We can't get to heaven by our own good works. The Bible says all our good deeds are like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). But by believing in His work on the cross for our sins, we can become sons and daughters of God, heirs with Jesus of the kingdom of heaven.
Insight: "The Christian life is that our hearts might be restored and set free....Jesus wants life for us." (John Eldridge)
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