Fight Club Notes on Galatians 4:3-7 • From Slavery to Sonship

Fight Club ’09

Round 4 • Galatians 4:3-7 / “Adoption: From Slavery to Sonship”

3 In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. 4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 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. (ESV)

I.  The Gospel Has Legal, Relational, Existential and Eschatological Aspects 

  • Justification
  • Adoption
  • Sanctification
  • Glorification

II. How does human adoption work?  How is this an analogy for spiritual adoption?

III. A Key Passage in the Bible- Galatians 4:3-7 

  • v. 3- Before sonship (“Formerly”- v. 8)
  • v. 4- The fullness of time
  • v. 5- Redemption (I am no longer a servant/slave!)
  • v. 6- The Spirit —> “Abba”
  • v. 7- An heir of God
  • * See also Ephesians 1:3-14

IV. Implications and Applications…

  • What are symptoms of spiritual orphanhood or slavery?
  • What will it mean for me to “live like a child”?
  • How does spiritual adoption deal with issues of identity?
  • How does it relate to prayer? (read A Praying Life by Paul Miller- wow, what a great, helpful book!)
  • Where am I on the slave vs. son continuum?

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