Thursday, May 2
Now I say that as long as the heir is a child, he differs in no way from a slave, though he is the owner of everything.
2 Instead, he is under guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. 3 In the same way we also, when we were children, were in slavery under the elements of the world. 4 When the time came to completion, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “'Abba', Father! ” 7 So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then God has made you an heir.
Paul here is saying that “when the time was right”, Jesus showed up to make all things right. Jesus came at just the right time in God’s redemptive plan, when the world was perfectly prepared for God’s work. It is important to see that Paul is recognizing both the deity and humanity of Jesus. Because Jesus is God, He has the power and the resources to redeem us. Because Jesus is man, He has the right and the ability to redeem us. The main theme here is to recongize that God has bought us from the slave market. But the beauty of the gospel is that it goes a step further than simply purchasing us. It would be enough that we are purchased, but God’s work for us doesn’t end there; we are then sons and daughters of God by adoption.
Sons are never slaves and slaves are never sons in their father’s house. Jesus illustrated this in the parable of the prodigal son, where the son was determined to return to his father as a slave – but the father refused, and would only receive him as a son. First we are set free from slavery. Then we are declared sons and adopted into God’s family. Then, as sons, we are made heirs. As heirs we inherit all that is available to Jesus. All of who God is is available to you. What freedom, blessing, and identity do you need to believe you’ve inherited today?
God, thank you for purchasing me. Thank you for setting me free from my slavery. Thank you for bringing me into your family where there is fullness of life and joy. Give me the clarity and strength to live with the full inheritance of love and joy that you have given me.
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.