Monday, January 5, 2015

Galatians 4:4-5

Galatians 4:4-5 - But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive the full right as sons.

In yesterday’s blog we addressed how you know whether you are a son or daughter of Christ. In this verse we see how that is all made possible. Of course on our part it is by faith. We are to believe in Christ and all that He did, but what exactly did He do? How is it all possible?

This verse holds the answer. Paul breaks it down for us like this, “God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under law.” But why did Jesus have to come to earth as a man? What is the importance of those details? Wouldn't it have been easier for God to just save us?
In reality, God couldn't do that. Not because He didn't have the power, but because He cannot deny who He is. God is Holy and Just. Sin deserves death. In order for God to be God He couldn't allow sin to go unpunished. That is where Christ came in.
In order for Jesus to be able to pay the penalty for sin He had to walk as we walk. He had to come to earth through all the same ‘channels’ as we do, including ‘born of a woman’ and ‘born under law.’ By coming in this way Jesus was able to go through all that we have to, but He did it without sin. That allowed Him to be the perfect sacrifice and He could take care of sin once and for all.
Now, since Jesus has faced it all and won, we can become like Him. As Paul explains here we have full right as sons. Everything that Christ deserves we also have a right to. We have become joint-heirs with Him. Now we are redeemed and sanctified as God’s children.

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