Galatians 4:1-7 Child, Servant, Son

Galatians 4:1-7 (KJV)
Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:
But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

There is, in Galatians 4:1-7, three levels of spiritual relationship:
The child
In this context, the passage speaks of the unsaved/unregenerate. He is perhaps aware of those things that are spiritual. The Jews certainly were. But he is lost. He must be kept, guarded, fed, cared for. With a child, the future outcome is uncertain. 

The servant
Because of the context, I would identify this one as saved. He no longer needs to be tended. He may be busily tending to others. I think I know a lot of Christians happily (sometimes not so happily) engaged in this service, not knowing there is another place God wants them. 

The son
To as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God…[1] I do not deny that the Christian life is one of service. What I do insist is that it is not all the Christian life is. 

Desire to serve. Seek out opportunities for Christian service. But don’t stop there. Embrace your kinship with God the Father and with Jesus Christ. Serve not as a servant, but as an heir of God through Christ. 


[1] John 1:12

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Galatians 4:1-7 Child, Servant, Son

Genesis 20:11 Our Concern

Genesis 20:11 (KJV)
And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife’s sake.

Abraham made a wrong decision based on a false perception. He looked around Gerar and determined that the “fear of God is not in this place.” Based upon that flawed perception, he and Sarah chose to deceive the king and tell him Sarah was his sister. 

Even a casual reading of the passage informs us that Abimelech and the people of his kingdom fell quickly under the fear of God. 

It turned out that Abraham’s eyes were on the wrong subject. He needn’t worry himself with the hearts of the people. What he needed to know was that God was in the place. God put the fear of God into the people in short order. 

Our job isn’t so much to determine who does or doesn’t fear God. All we need to concern ourselves with is being obedient to the Lord. He is at work in those that appear to fear Him and, maybe, especially in those who seem not to fear Him. 

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Genesis 20:11 Our Concern

Galatians 3:1 Foolishness

Galatians 3:1 (KJV)
O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?

That the original audience of this epistle were Christians, there is no doubt, yet the Apostle charges them with foolishness. The term is a harsh one, especially in light of our Lord’s words, 
Matthew 5:22 (KJV
But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. 

The term is not an exaggeration. The most foolish thing any Christian can do is to allow some spiritual teacher to lead them back into a works-based religion. It smacks of Israel in the wilderness longing for the leeks and onions of Egypt. In a moment of difficulty, they could not remember the slavery, the beatings, the murder of their children. All they could remember is that they were fed. Facing a perceived threat, they forgot the dangers of slavery, replacing those memories with a false sense of safety. 

So it is with the Christian who turns to look at the works of the flesh. 

  • He forgets the sense of failure. 
  • He forgets the hopelessness. 
  • He forgets the traps of religion. 

He longs for them instead of the liberty that is in the Spirit of the Lord. 

That is foolish, indeed. 

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Galatians 3:1 Foolishness

Galatians 2:6 What No Preacher Ought To Be

Galatians 2:6 (KJV)
But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man’s person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me:

I can’t imagine that an appropriate application of this passage would be to lack respect. Neither can I accept that we should reject spiritual teachers. 

  • This passage has to do with Paul’s apostleship 
  • The passage is in reference to those who questioned it
  • The passage also points to those[1] who had made themselves to be more than they ought

But it is a good balance for the believer to learn to make so much more of Jesus that, in comparison, we make nearly nothing of even the most respected of men. 

We certainly have trouble with that. Men who have gained respect precisely because they make much of Jesus, become themselves, often through no fault of their own, a distraction for others away from the Lord. 

Because of the context I think preachers ought to pay the most earnest heed to the concept. No preacher ought to be noted for following a man. He ought to be so “Christocentric” that it’s all anyone can see in him. 


[1] In Paul’s case, they were Judaizers.

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Galatians 2:6 What No Preacher Ought To Be

Genesis 16:9 God Uses Course Things

Genesis 16:9 (KJV)
And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.

The context of this passage includes, 
Genesis 16:6-10 (KJV)
But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.
And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.
And he said, Hagar, Sarai’s maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.
And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.
And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.

Abraham gave Sarah permission to treat Hagar as roughly as she pleased. When Hagar fled away, God instructed her to return and to submit. Often a submissive spirit will at least calm and reduce rough treatment. 

It wasn’t God’s design to make life easy. God has a plan for humanity that can be very difficult at time but has an eventual outcome that is glorious beyond description. In some regard we can divide the world into two groups:

  • Those who demand immediate gratification
  • Those who by faith wait for eternal glory

I get a bit concerned about the faith of those who claim to be Christians but have no patience for the eternal. 

God uses people to bring about His will in our lives. Some of those people bless us with their kindness. Others bless us with their roughness. If it were not for course and rough things, including course and rough people, there would be no material with which to rub the world off of us.

Of course, the Bible doesn’t have good things to say about the end of those who choose to be course and rough,
Matthew 18:7 (KJV)
Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! 

It would be best to praise the Lord for those rough and course people in your life. They serve a purpose. At the same time, be diligent to NOT BE one of them yourself.

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Genesis 16:9 God Uses Course Things

Genesis 14:14 The Art of War

Genesis 14:14 (KJV)
And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan.

Abraham is a pre-law figure. As such he teaches us much about faith, giving, worship, patience, sojourning in a strange land, and etc. Jews and Muslims both claim him as their spiritual father. I believe the New Testament establishes Abraham as the father of those that believe. 

That said, notice he had “trained servants.”  John Gill says they were, “trained up by him in religious exercises, in the affairs and business of civil life, in the care of flocks and herds, and particularly in the art of war…”

As an example of the faith life of the New Testament believer Abraham teaches us the importance of training and discipline: 

  • In our faith and practice
  • In our means of commerce and income and
  • In this case, our ability to defend ourselves and our family 

The Christian life is meant to be a disciplined life. Exercise some discipline in the skills of self-defense. 

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Genesis 14:14 The Art of War

2 Corinthians 12:19 Balance

2 Corinthians 12:19 (KJV)
Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying.

Here is the balance every man of God seeks. 

He cannot apologize to his congregation for his ministry. 
He is not accountable to them. He must not allow himself to be. They must not place him such a position. 

When the man of God serves, whether in the pulpit or in personal contact, he stands before God in Christ. 
His life belongs to Jesus. He is accountable only to God. 

But at the same time everything he does has, as its objective, the edifying, building, and strengthening of the believers as they are unified in the local church.

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2 Corinthians 12:19 Balance

2 Corinthians 11:3 Simplicity

2 Corinthians 11:3 (KJV)
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

It seems to me that, when we get to the heart of things, the battle every ministry must face is the battle for simplicity. 

Simplicity of salvation
The religious mind can never accept that the eternal saving of the soul is as simple as faith in Christ. The dead spirit wishes to resurrect itself. There must be, insists religion, some measure of human input for salvation to be effectual. The pressure to find that measure and include it must be continuously fought.

Simplicity of doctrine 
The Judaizers of Paul’s day survive still and continue to lead people away from a simple statement of faith. The Judaizers are not the only ones. Catholicism and Protestantism each have developed faith systems so complicated that the most brilliant of men debate them. Baptists sometimes jump on board, creating arguments for their position too tricky for the most seasoned believers to grasp 

The battle to possess and keep a simple and childlike faith is an aggressive one for sure. 

Simplicity of practice 
How we apply and act out our faith is as equally important as what our faith is. Churches desire to grow. We want to minister to the perceived needs of the people to attract them and to keep them. In so doing, the trouble is developing church programs that become the priority over the one thing that God says the church is about, the preaching of the Word of God. 

The battle is real. May we be courageous in the battle. 

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2 Corinthians 11:3 Simplicity

Genesis 9:11 Never Again

Genesis 9:11 (KJV)
And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.

Never has there been an event so attacked, nor as important as Noah and the Flood. 

On the one hand, a worldwide flood, of the magnitude described in the Bible seems impossible to miss, even these four thousand some odd years later. Scientists, both secular and biblical, invest their lives studying the evidence either way. It seems like they would be able to see this evidence, so obvious to everyone, and find some definitive answers. It is unfortunate that secularists spend all of their time creating arguments against the flood and accusing Biblicists of the same. 

On the other hand, the covenant that concluded the Flood foreshadows a future judgment. God will not destroy the world by a flood again. Next time it will be by fire. If the secularist can cast doubt on the Flood, he believes he may reasonably deny the prophecy of future judgment. 

Sea life fossils, all over the world, on the mountain tops. Does one honestly need any more evidence of the Flood? 

The next judgment is coming. Have you made peace with God as HE alone describes it in the Word of God?

Romans 10:13
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 

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Genesis 9:11 Never Again

Genesis 7:2 It Is His WORD

Genesis 7:2 (KJV)
Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.

We have the introduction of a concept not previously seen in the Word of God, clean and unclean animals. I think we read into the passage what we have read elsewhere. Noah would not have had such an advantage. 

And here we discover something of that early world of humankind. God’s relationship with Adam and Eve must have been such that they knew God’s character and if not instinctively, at least intuitively, have known what was acceptable as a sacrifice; what was clean and what was not. They knew, as it were, the Word of God because they had known the Word of God. 

Then they must have passed, from generation to generation, what they recalled of that Word of God. Noah recalled enough to know the clean and unclean animals. Job, who lived some time after the flood knew something of the sacrifices and right worship. 

Slowly, as time progressed and as more people chose to reject what was known of God, this innate knowledge became blurred and nearly dark. God refreshed it through the writing works of Moses, recording under inspiration of God what was recalled of human history: man’s relationship with God, fall, and God’s work of calling out a people to Himself. God, through the Pentateuch, gave clarity concerning the clean and unclean animals. God did not invent this for Moses’ generation but made a written and official record of it so it would not be lost again. 

The mind of man tends to decline away from God. It is His Word that brings us back to those truths concerning His character, His worship and what is a right relationship with Him. 

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Genesis 7:2 It Is His WORD