Every believer in Jesus used to be a slave. Now, every believer in Jesus is a child of God. What a transition! This is the ultimate rags-to-riches story, and here’s how it happened:
5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.
6 And because you are sons, God has 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 an heir through God. – Galatians 4:5-7
This is why Jesus was sent forth by the Father: to redeem those who were under the law. Every human being before Christ was subject to the law of God; they were slaves to it, bound by it. And while the law has shown men how they need a Savior, it could not save them. So, Christ is pictured here as coming to redeem those under the law, to this end: so that we might receive adoption as sons.
So, the movement is from bondage to the law to adoption as sons. How marvelous! And as a result of this sonship, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying “Abba, Father.” So, here, we see all persons of the Trinity working in our adoption. The Father sent His Son to redeem us, the Son redeemed us, and the Spirit applies it by enabling spiritually dead sinners like us to cry, “Abba, Father”, names that Christ Himself called the Father, because of His closeness with Him.
And the conclusion of all of this is that you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. The Christian, through the cross, moves from being a slave to sin (as exposed by the law) to a Son of God, and as a result of that, an heir to all eternal blessings in Christ Jesus.
Dwell on this today, Christian. You were a slave. And not only were you set free, but you were set free and welcomed into the Father’s household as a son.
Thank you, Abba, Father!