Sons and Heirs

Galatians 3:26-29, 4:1-7

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

SONS OF GOD

John 1:12 – But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right (authority) to become children of God, to those who believe on His name:  who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Romans 8:15-17 – For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’  The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. 

Galatians 4:7 – Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

  • Sons through Faith

You are a prized possession of God through your faith in Christ.  You are SPECIAL – SOMEBODY IMPORTANT – BLESSED.   WHY?   You were purchased though His blood.  You as His child are “BORN FREE”.

  • Belief in Christ Jesus

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

  • Belief on His Name

Romans 10:13 – For whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved. 

  • Belief in the Power of His shed Blood

Romans 10:9 – that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Ephesians 1:7-8 – In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence. 

  • No one is treated differently

Romans 10:12 – For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.

Acts 10:36 – …The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ—He is Lord of all.

Ephesians 6:9 – …And you, masters, do the same things to them, giving up threatening, knowing that your own Master also is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.

  • Race – Jew or Greek
  • Status – Slave or Free
  • Gender – Male or Female
  • You are one in Christ Jesus

Romans 12:4-5 – For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.

Colossians 3:11 – …there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.

  • One in Belief

Ephesians 4:4-6  – There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one  God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.   

We are all equal at the foot of the cross.  We have all received forgiveness in the same way.  We are all part of the same family.                        

  • One in Acceptance

Romans 5:2 – through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

  • One in Adoption

Romans 8:15 – For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father’.

HEIRS OF PROMISE

Romans 8:17 – and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ…

  • Christ’s through Faith. 

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

  • Abraham’s Seed.

Galatians 3:17 – Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, ‘And to seeds,’ as of many, but as of one, ‘And to your Seed,’ who is Christ.

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