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The gospel of adoption

Key Scripture (Galatians 4:1-7):

I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave,[a] 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[b] 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.

•So as we start here, let's look at this word heir

•Most of us are pretty familiar with what this word means, it means that I am in line to get an inheritance

•For example, my kids if something would happen to Debbie and me would inherit massive student loan debt, actually I don’t think that happens, so there is a light at the end of the tunnel

•But it does mean anything that is mine, is passed down to my heirs, whoever my will states will get all my possession 

•Now Paul is about to dig in on this word so I wanted us to have a clear working definition of it.

•So far Paul has said that if we are in Christ we are an heir of promise, but now says as long as we are children we are just like slaves

•We are owners of everything, but are under guardians and managers until the time our father has set

•What this means, is until we can handle it God is still in control of all of our inheritance.

•Now for those of you that think this is a bad thing, think about it like this, let's say Debbie and I died and our kids, who are 12 and 10, were given a check for a million dollars

•As much as they would like that, how long do you think that money will last them?

•I mean Jt would have every electronic out there but wouldn’t have food to eat

•Kayla would have 10,000 horses but no stable to put them in

•Gabby would have every purse made but no closet to store them in

•Why?

•Because they are children and do not understand the value of money

•They are still sitting here saying I want this and want it now

•They do not understand they will not be able to work their whole lives

•They don’t understand bills that come every month

•Because they are just children

•We did not understand the full promise of our faith, because we are children

•We did not understand the power found in the name of Jesus before He came

•So God used the law to place guards on the children of the promise

•God set boundaries on us so that we would know the line, and how to avoid it

•Not to keep us from having fun or enjoying creation, because He loved us enough to keep us alive to enjoy creation

•Because if God didn’t put in the law, we would have killed each other off just to get the last yoo-hoo out of the fridge.

•Now why did God choose for Jesus to come when He did?

•In the short, I don’t know because I am not God

•Like why didn’t Jesus come right after Adam sinned?

•I don’t know, but we can look at the world when Jesus came and get a look to the perfection of timing God has

•See when Jesus came into the world, most of the known world spoke the same language, Greek. 

•Because Alexander the Great had conquered so much and spread their language

•Travel was easier than ever, because Rome built roads to get through their empire

•So into creation steps the creator

•Please don’t miss the point that Paul included in this passage born of a woman

•Although Jesus is God, He is also a man

•And this is so important to us

•Jesus felt life as any of us do

•It is important to know this because as we face everything in life, we have to understand Jesus did too

•Jesus had to survive, he had to make money to pay bills

•Jesus had to navigate relationships

•Jesus had to work

•Jesus lost loved ones

•Jesus was talked about

•Jesus was lied about

•If you go through it, Jesus did too

•The difference is, Jesus did it perfectly

•Want to know how to handle a situation, just look to Jesus

•How did Jesus handle it?

•Want to know what love looks like, look to Jesus

•Want to know how to be angry and sin not, look to Jesus

•Want to know how to glorify God and make disciples that make disciples, look to Jesus

•Want to know how to reach your neighbor with the gospel, look to Jesus


•What Paul is doing now is saying, Jesus has changed the game

•See we have to understand, before we are made alive in Christ we are dead in our trespass and sin (Ephesians 2:8-9)

•Paul would tell us in Romans 6 that we are either slaves to sin, or slaves to righteousness

•See when we see the gospel for what it is, when we see Jesus for who He is, then we are made alive and live for Jesus

•We are dead to our old selves, and alive to the new heart God has given us (2 Corinthians 5:17)

•And for some of us we need to understand what adoption in Christ actually means

•See during this whole thing we should be asking ourselves, what are we heirs of?

•What do we get?

•Do we get saved simply to go to heaven?

•Is it we just have to struggle and survive until we die, or Jesus returns to take us home?

•Jesus tells us a powerful truth in John 14:12, “ “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.”

•Jesus actually tells us we will do greater than He does!!

•Now let's look at Jesus record, gave sight, check. The lame walked, check. Raised people from the dead, check. Raised Himself, check

•I don’t know about you, but I really want Jesus to work through me to bring all this about!

•Let's look at Peter in Acts 3, there is a lame beggar at the gate who asks Peter for money, then in verse 6, “ But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!”

•Are you kidding me?

•This was a one time event right?

•Let's look at Acts 20:9-10, “And a young man named Eutychus, sitting at the window, sank into a deep sleep as Paul talked still longer. And being overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead. 10 But Paul went down and bent over him, and taking him in his arms, said, “Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him.”

•So Peter heals the lame, Paul raises the dead, and even more happens. 

•So why did it happen then, but not now?

•Why do we walk around defeated just clinging to the hope one day it will be better?

•Because we have forgot this one truth, we are heirs, as romans 8 would say, co-heirs with Christ

•Just look at Romans 8:11, “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus[d] from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.”

•Every single believer has the same Spirit in them that raised Jesus from the dead

•We have the same Spirit that gave life to Christ, we have been buried, and resurrected with Jesus as scripture says

•So the defeated attitude we have, we need to lose

•Just keep reading Romans a little longer and see in verse 14, “14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons[f] of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 

•We have to realize we are on the winning side, we have the winning Spirit, we are children of God and this gives us the right to cry out Abba, Father!!

Closing:


•And just as we who are earthly fathers hear are children call to us, how much more will our heavenly Father fight for us?

•We just need to remember who our Father is!

•So as the worship team makes their way back up and we sing this last song, due so remembering who it is we call Abba Father!

•Remember the Spirit we have, and remember the power that Spirit has to glorify the Son!

•If you need to let loose, now is the time, don’t hold it down, and if you need to talk, we are always in the back!

•Pray