First Baptist Church of Minneola
- INTRO - Last week we talked about being a new person in Jesus. We noted that we become part of the church in that process. This morning we will build on that to discuss more about our adoption into the family of God.ILL - Our cats, Samara and Sapphire, meow back at us when we talk to them. Its as if they are attempting to communicate vocally. I’ve had dogs react in the same way. Siberian Huskies are particularly good at talking back to their owners. Huskies will even attempt to mimic their owners and can even make “I love you” sounding replies.Studying for this message, one writer referenced an article put out by BBC News.The article is titled Babies 'cry in mother's tongue'The title got my attention. See, a brand new baby’s cry is its way of mimicking its mother. The researches discovered the pattern of sounds a baby makes when crying match the sounds and intonation of their mother’s voice.Mother’s will tell you they are keyed into the sound of their own baby. They can tell the sound of their own child among others. Research simply proves what mothers already know to be true; they know their own baby’s voice.This is true of children as well. Matter of fact, it is true of God’s children. Our passage says we have a cry, “Abba! Father!” which God knows is the sound of His children.Think on that for a moment. A parent is so tuned to their own child, that they pick out the sound of a baby down the hall, around the corner, among all the other noises and sounds.This is one of the great things about being a Christian. When God adopts a person, He sends His Spirit to the heart of the person who then cries out, “Abba! Father!”The cry identifies to whom a person belongs and makes clear who is our Father. God knows, we know, and others who hear know God is our Father.Paul is quick to see how the Galatians are starting to doubt their relationship God. The people are beginning to wonder about their status as children of God. They wonder if they will receive God’s inheritance and eternal life.Paul points out the unique cry of a child of God to help them confirm their status and children of God and heir through God.TRANS - Our message will follow a similar pattern to the one we heard last week. We’ll open with a discussion on being trapped and then move to discuss the process of leaving the trap.Let’s first read our passage and then pause to pray.READNow I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by the father. So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world. But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.PRAYTRANS - Our first point.Period of Prison vv.1-3Did you catch that bit from v.7? “If a son?”See, If you are not God’s child, you won’t make that sound too which a parent responds. He’ll hear, but the sound is different.We’ve noted how Paul describes life without God. In our context I think it’s fair to to say a person is an orphan outside of being in God’s family. Before being adopted, we are in a form of enslavement. We spoke about that prison last week.Paul helps the Israelites to recall the Egyptian bondage. The point he is making is that an enslaved person is no different than any other people. In that, a slave has no more access to God than anyone else.Look at vv.1-2Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by the father.From painting this picture “same as everyone else without God,” Paul helps us understand Isreal’s enslavement did not stop with the exodus:So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world.The world continued to have hold on the people even after being freed from Egyptian bondage. Paul helps the people to see how the entire nation was, and continue to be, enslaved. Freed from Egyptian enslavement, the people remained slaves to something far worse. Paul calls this, “elemental things of the world.”Slaved to the “world” in an interesting way to say this. The statement is difficult even for some of the finest scholars. It seems Paul is referencing the creation, the powers of the world, the things humans turn toward and worship as gods.You ask, “tell what these things are pastor so we don’t turn to them ourselves.” Let me give you the big three: money, sex, and power.The “elementary principles of the world” are around all the time.We can’t run or hide from them. The do nothing for us outside this world. They are so powerful, that fallen humanity constantly is preyed upon by their force and then turn them into gods.Fallen people, those who don’t turn to Jesus to be saved, those who are not calling out “Abba! Father!,” these people are slaves to the power beyond their control.The Bible gives us lessons through the example of the nation Israel. Even while redeemed from Egypt, Israel continued to be tempted by the powers of this world. We see this among all peoples, all nations, and even in our time.Paul tells us that apart from Jesus we’re slaves to our old nature that is not God, but gods of this world:However at that time, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those which by nature are no gods.What enslaves us? Anything we treat like a god. And, with the lost, this is 100% always happening.TRANS - However, prison is not God’s plan. Let’s talk process.Process of Picking vv.4-5Arn’t you glad God has a plan to rescue people from being slaves? God refuses to let sin make us orphans forever. God’s heart is to adopt in the “fullness of time” by sending Jesus.Jesus was born under the Law to redeem people, who also, were under the Law so that we might “receive the adoption as sons.”Do you see it? God wants to make one BIG family out of the families of the earth. God eagerly sends His Best to make one family though adoption.ILL - Ashley and Kamanu, our daughter and son-in-law, have gone through the training required by the state of Georgia in order to foster, and hopefully, adopt one day. Just a copula of weeks ago they were called to an “emergency training meeting.”Human adoption is a difficult task. Its, also, expensive. I read on a Christian adoption support site that caters to people in Georgia who are interested in adopting that the cost varies from $20k to $40. That’s a lot of money, and Ashley and Kamanu hope to get siblings. Pray for them.Lots of paperwork, training, tons of cash, and that is only the start. Adoption is not for the faint or those in a rush. The timing must be right.Adopting parents need to be mentally and emotionally ready for a long and demanding process. Much like a pregnancy, adoption is not for sissies.Adoption is a process and even God goes through a process when adopting His children. God’s process goes beyond our human process. God’s cost were much higher, He waited much longer, and waited for just the right time— “the fullness of time.”I want you to note how God started the process. God “sent forth His Son.” Do you want to know why God sends His Son to begin the process? Why not some powerful angel or simply appoint a strong leader like Moses?Here is why.God is a heavenly being and can’t just take sinful people and adopt them.First, God must deal with the sin. That is why Jesus is born under the Law and by a woman. Jesus had to take on human flesh and submit Himself to the curse of the Law. See, in order to adopt sinful people, Jesus had to become like you and I, He had to become incarnate, He had to be crucified on the cross and become the curse for us. Recall chapter three:Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”—TRANS - We’ve discussed the period and process. Are you aware of the privileges of being part of the family of God?Let’s take a look at that in our next point.Privilege of Pedigree v.6Adoption is an amazing privilege. That God said, “I want you in my family;” that is pretty amazing all in itself. It’s the sort of thing that makes one very happy. Perhaps that is on Paul’s mind when he writes v.6:Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”Adopted by God changes everything. People adoption is pretty special itself, but being adopted by God, that is way beyond anything even near human adoption. Human adoption might change a name, but:Heavenly adoption changes the relationship and the inner person.God changes people from the inside out. We become new creatures in Christ. Think of it like getting brand new DNA, the spiritual DNA.Let’s break this down a bit. God sends the HS to us through Jesus. The HS takes up residency inside of us; God actually lives in us and never leaves. Once in us, God transforms us over time. We call that sanctification. We are not perfect, but God changes us to be more like His family over the course of our lives.Okay, call that stage one. Stage two is the change in how we see the world. Our disposition toward God and others changes. In addition, the way we deal with all of life and the life eternal is looked on differently.Remember I told you a baby’s cry is distinctive. Well, the cry is from the baby’s nature; from its disposition. A baby’s cry is one of both intimacy and dependence and this is why it is like the sound “Abba! Father!”What kind of cry is the adopted person’s sound? Well, the one living inside, cries with us. The HS cries with the sound of Jesus. Our new Spirit given nature makes the sound the Father recognizes.When the saved person cries out it is the same sound as Jesus in Gethsemane as He faced immanent death. The child of God cries out from their soul just a Jesus cried:And He was saying, “Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will.”“Abba! Father!” is the sound of Jesus when he is in distress. It is the way Jesus calls to our Father when in need. This is the paternal cry of intimacy and dependence. Even more, it is the cry of hurt, pain, and knowledge of coming suffering.Because the HS is in God’s children, we learn to cry when we are in need. Adopted children cry out to God just like Jesus did. And, through his Children, God heres the sound of Jesus Himself calling out through the HS:For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,The cry of God’s children is special. It is how we deal with life. We don’t have less challenges. We still feel disappointment. However, when we do cry it is the sound God hears and to it He responds. When you suffer, a child of God goes to the Father saying “Abba! Father!” and in faith you hear from God.If you are a child of God, listen to the cry you make. Ask is this “Abba! Father!” that sounds like dependency. Or is it the sound of indignation and desperation like “What am I going to do?” or “How can you do this to me?”Children of God walking with the Lord might get a blow in life, but don’t curse their birth. Nor to God’s children act like the lost blaming others, or God, for their mess. God’s children don’t suffocate under a sense of guilt or shame or work harder to get out of their mess. God’s children look the Father and in faith cry out to Him “Abba! Father!”TRANS - Period, process, privilege, let’s consider one last point before closing.Promise of Provision v.7Paul is bringing everything from chapter 3 - 4:7 to a close at this point. This is the big closing verse. This is where Paul brings everything he worked so hard to explain together. This is what the Galatians need to hear once again:Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.The people are not slaves. The are sons of God. The should know this because God sent the HS and now they react to life differently than how the previously responded. Their cry is distinctive and confirms they belong to God. If belonging to God, then heirs through God.Look how God joins suffering to sonship. Get this: you know you belong to God by the way you respond to suffering. Don’t begrudge suffering because God brings that into your life. Those difficult times confirm your adoption:It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.Nobody really likes discipline. God is not calling us to be happy in hardship. However, we do walk by faith through difficult times. It does turn to blessings:All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.Are you struggling. Do you feel hardship or are you going through something difficult? Might this be God’s loving discipline?God is not paying children back for misbehaving, but to bring about holiness.Don’t begrudge suffering sent from God. Rejoice because you are a son our daughter of God. Look at your hardship as an opportunity to increase your confidence in knowing you are a child of God.ConclusionJust like a baby has a unique cry, so to the children of God.Our cry tells us we are adopted and is how we respond to life circumstances; with intimacy and dependence.We know we are God’s children when we cry out “Abba! Father!”The HS causes us to cry out in a way God hears; He is in our heart.All this so we know:We belong to God, if His, then heirs through Him.(end)
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