Galatians 4 & 5

Because I had a dress rehearsal for orchestra, I could not go to band Bible study after marching practice today, so instead I’m going on with Galatians. This will be a shorter post though, because sleep.

Paul continues his imagery from chapter 3 about being made sons and daughters of God out of slaves. In chapter 4, he makes a comparison to how, as children, slaves and heirs (of heaven) are basically no different. It is not until God decides that it is time, and Christ comes, that it becomes apparent that we are the owners of a great wealth. (Galatians 4: 1-5) And like a father would to his heir, He gives us everything in exchange for nothing.

Skipping ahead to chapter 5, Paul gives an excellent warning against abusing God’s gift. In verse 13 he writes “For you were called to freedom, brothers [and sisters]. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh…” By “the flesh,” Paul is figuratively referring to falling to temptation and sin. Going back to his thing about slavery, he is basically saying that we shouldn’t voluntarily return to the slavery God has saved us from. That makes a lot of sense to me.

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