Children of the Lord
Since we are loved Children of God, do the same rules apply to us? Do we even need to follow the rules or the Old Testament Law or rely on the Love of God and His Forgiveness? Please listen or watch the recording of a sermon explaining the Children of God, His Love and the Law.
Confession: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 13, QA 33-34
Scripture: Galatians 3:23-4:7 (Read from ESV)
Preacher: Rev. David Inks
I. Mature Sons of God Free 3:21-22
II. Immature Children of God—Captives 3:23-4:1
III. Son of God Begotten—Person 4:4
IV. Son of God Obedient—Work 4:5
V. Sons of God Justified and Adopted—Redeemed 4:6-7
The Heidelberg Catechism
Q. Why is he called God’s “only begotten Son” when we also are God’s children?
A. Because Christ alone is the eternal, natural Son of God. We, however, are adopted children of God—adopted by grace for the sake of Christ.
Q. Why do you call him “our Lord”?
A. Because—not with gold or silver, but with his precious blood—he has delivered and purchased us body and soul from sin and from the tyranny of the devil, to be his very own.
Galatians 3:23-4:7 King James Version (KJV)
23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. 26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; 2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. 3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: 4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
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