Hello, the pastor preached on Galatians 4:1-11 which says,
“I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods. But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more? You observe days and months and seasons and years! I am afraid I may have labored over you in vain.”
The pastor talked about verse 1-3, and he said verse 1-3 is about who we were, and how Paul is showing us in verse one, how the church was like a child. He said that he read some weird news things, and that one was about a divorced billionaire man, with a wife, and when they divorced, the mom got their four-year old kid, and she also demanded lots of money for clothes, drivers, teachers, nannies, school, fencing lessons, soccer lessons, from her divorced husband, and he said (I think) that the kid was like the church, because he didn’t get to spend time with his parents, only nannies, and drivers.
We were in bondage to sin, untill a time set by God, we tried to measure up, and we didn’t have a relationship at all with God, before Jesus Christ. God didn’t send Jesus at any random time, God timed it perfectly, because God is perfect, in the perfect time Good sent His son, and Jesus took on all our sins, and died on the cross for us.
The Spirit of Jesus comes into us and calls, “Abba, father.” Abba means daddy, papa, and it is a loving term, but father has more respect, father means less, daddy. The pastor had 3 points, This is the way I remember them, #1 The task (The cross) is taken by God Himself, #2 All God’s power was in bodily form. #3 Jesus was born under the law, and He lived it perfectly, to save us from sin.
The pastor said that if the parents go out for the night, and leave their children home, they have some options in order to make sure that the kids get along, one option, is to put the rules on the fridge, hang it up on a magnate, and the other is to leave a nanny with the kids, and if you leave the rules up on the fridge, the kids might go, “Define “Not arguing” please, does it mean no intense fellowship, or no punching, or what?” And the rules on the fridge are like the law, and we try to measure up, but we can’t, so God sent His son to measure up for us, and fulfill the law.
Peace and Love, Joy Cleveland, sermon by, Pastor Zach Reeves