4 Think of it this way. If a father dies and leaves an inheritance for his young children, those children are not much better off than slaves until they grow up, even though they actually own everything their father had. 2 They have to obey their guardians until they reach whatever age their father set.3 And that’s the way it was with us before Christ came. We were like children; we were slaves to the basic spiritual principles of this world.
4 But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. 5 God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. 6 And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” 7 Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child.And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.
Paul begins this passage with “Think of it this way.” God sent his son to purchase my freedom from the empty spiritual principles of this world. He not only bought my freedom, he adopted me as his child!
Then he gave me His Spirit to enable me to say “Father.” I am not only his child, I am an heir of all that God has. Since Christ died for my adoption–my salvation–I inherit these things today:
1. Eternal Life
2. All the riches of Christ are mine
3. Relationship now with the Father
4. The presence of the Holy Spirit in me
5. Christ’s peace
6. Freedom from the Law
7. The right to call God “Father”
8. I have the right to come boldly into God’s presence
9. All that Christ has is mine as well.
Wow! Think on all this!