Galatians 4 - Slavery vs. Freedom

Galatians 4:1-7 - I've read this over maybe 4 times just now. It feels like there's some profound truth in there that's eluding me, but maybe it's simply this:

Jesus changes everything. Everything.

We were once enslaved children, now free men. Once slaves, now sons and heirs. Once under law, now adopted as sons.

I think I tend to operate as if nothing has changed when in reality everything has changed under Jesus.

Galatians 4:9 - As if on cue, Paul gives me a spiritual dope slap. "... how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world ... ?" Indeed, but I am so forgetful.

Galatians 4:21-31 - Paul contrasts the sons of Abraham's two wives, one a slave and one free. He pleads with them to remember that they are children. like Isaac, of the promise, children of freedom.

Yet Christians today pile rule upon rule, attempting to live right by becoming slaves to them instead of embracing the undeserved freedom from Christ and letting it compel them to live by righteousness.

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Yes.. we are absolutely free from external laws.. His laws are now written on our new God-given hearts.. He lives in us and is capable to lead us from within.. external laws are not needed.. sad that they ever were.. if they ever were.. of course we do need them for lawbreakers :)



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