Jefferson Vann lists the “perks of being adopted” into God’s family.
Galatians 4:1-7 (JDV)
Galatians 4:1 But I am saying that as long a time as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave, although he is the master of everything.
Galatians 4:2 Instead, he is under guardians and stewards until the time set by his father.
Galatians 4:3 In the same way we also, when we were children, were in slavery under the elements of the world.
Galatians 4:4 When the time came to completion, God sent his Son, born from a woman, born under the law,
Galatians 4:5 to redeem those under the law, so that we might get back adoption as sons.
Galatians 4:6 And because you are sons, God sent the Breath of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba, Father!”
Galatians 4:7 So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir by God.
perks of being adopted
Being adopted into the family of God takes away your burdens, and substitutes benefits.
The first benefit is redemption. Paul says “you are no longer a slave (7).” Gentiles are redeemed by the same blood of Christ that redeemed believing Jews (5).
The second benefit is relationship. The Holy Spirit within us enables us to cry out to God (6), and the blood of Christ, having cleansed us, enables God to hear us, because it has reestablished redeemed humanity to the status of sons of God.
The third benefit is reward. We are now heirs. When Jesus returns, we will inherit the kingdom of God, immortality and will keep our status as sons throughout eternity.
LORD, thank you for taking away the burden of sin and death, and granting us an eternal relationship with you.
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