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No Longer Slaves, But Heirs

No Longer Slaves, But Heirs

Galatians 4:7 declares, “So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir”. This verse, from Paul’s letter to the Galatians, emphasizes our transformed identity in Christ. It contrasts our pre-salvation state with the freedom and inheritance we receive through faith.

From Bondage to Son-ship

Paul begins by stating we are “no longer slaves.” Slavery represents the oppression and control of sin. We were slaves to the law, unable to attain righteousness through its demands. We were slaves to the world, lured by its empty promises. We were slaves to the flesh, ruled by desires. Before Christ, we were alienated from God.

We might think slavery is irrelevant, but it limits our potential and hinders our relationship with God. The truth is, sin’s bondage robs us of joy and purpose.

Thankfully, the verse continues, “you are God’s child.” Son-ship signifies a state of grace and favor. When we accept Christ, we’re adopted by the Father, becoming part of His family. We are no longer strangers, but loved children.

Heirs: A Present and Future Reality

The verse further declares we are “heirs.” Heir-ship signifies entitlement to God’s promises. As God’s heirs, we have access to His presence, protection, provision, and guidance.

We share in Christ’s suffering and glory, His death and resurrection. We are co-heirs with Him, participating in His kingdom and mission.

We may perceive heir-ship as distant, but it’s a present reality. It enriches us, motivating and inspiring us. It challenges and transforms us, preparing us for what awaits.

Living by Faith

Finally, Paul implies living by “faith.” Faith is our response to our new identity in Christ. It’s trust and obedience towards God as our Father and Lord. It’s the confidence we have in His love and power.

Through faith, we live free from slavery, enjoying God’s love as His children. By faith, we claim the promises and blessings He offers.

We might think of faith as a feeling, but it’s a necessity. It pleases God, benefits us, strengthens us, and helps us witness to others. Faith overcomes the world and anticipates the future.

By grace, God has made us His children and heirs. He freed us from slavery and calls us to live by faith. Let us embrace our freedom and dignity as His children, loving, praising, serving, and glorifying Him as our Father.

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