Because Ye Are Sons

Posted by on Oct 22, 2006

First Baptist Church of Ranson, WV

October 22, 2006

Sunday Morning

“Because Ye Are Sons”

Scripture Text: Galatians 4:1-7

Introduction:

 

A.   From our study of Galatians 3, we learned, among other things, that by virtue of our faith in Christ, Who is the seed of Abraham, we (believers) are children of Abraham.

1. Notice Gal. 3:6-7, “Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness….Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.”

2. Notice also Gal. 3:29, “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed (descendants), and heirs according to the promise.”

3. And so, by virtue of our faith in Christ, we are children or descendants of Abraham, at least in the spiritual sense of the word.

4. Now why is this significant?

5. It is significant because the promises that God made to Abraham were also made to his descendants and will one day be fulfilled in us! (Amen?)

 

B.   However, we now come to Galatians 4, and immediately we notice that the focus changes from our being children of Abraham, to our being children of God.

1. Notice again Vrs. 4-5 of our text, “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,…To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”

 

2. According to the latter part of Vrs. 5, those of us who have placed our faith in Christ as Savior have been adopted into the family of God.

3. Paul put it like this in Eph. 1:3-5, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ…According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:…Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself.”

4. And so, those of us who have trusted Christ have been adopted into God’s family.

 

C.   But someone says, “Wait a minute. I thought we were ‘born’ into God’s family. Are we ‘adopted’ into God family, or are we ‘born’ into God’s family?”

1. The answer is, “Both!”

2. Let me explain.

3. In both Jewish and Roman culture, a male child born into a family did not enjoy all the rights of son ship until he reached a certain age.

4. Notice again Vrs. 1-2 of our text, “Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;…But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.”

5. When the male child reached a certain age (usually between 12-14), he was legally deemed a “son” of his father.

6. The Jews call it “Bar Mitzvah.”

7. The Romans called it “Liberalia.”

8. In both cases, the male child became a full fledged son.

9. Well, the same thing is true of us, as believers, the only difference being, we were born into God’s family and adopted (legally deemed a “son”) at the same time!

10.   But the fact is, we are now “sons of God!” (Amen?)

 

D.   Now notice again the first part of Vrs. 6 of our text, “And because ye are sons,”

1. This morning, I want us to think about some of the privileges that are ours simply “because” we “are sons.”

2. First of all, because we are sons…

 

I.       Our Past Is Forgiven.

 

A.   Notice again Vrs. 4-5 of our text, “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,…To redeem them that were under the law.”

1. The word “redeem” here is translated from a Greek word that means “to buy back” or “to rescue from loss.”

2. The fact that we have been redeemed implies that there was something from which we needed to be rescued.

3. Well, look again at Vrs. 5, “To redeem them that under the law.”

4. Someone says, “There it is! It was the law from which we needed to be rescued.”

5. Not exactly.

6. It was not “the law” from which we needed to be rescued, but rather the “curse” of the law.

 

B.   Look back at Gal. 3:10, “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.”

1. What exactly is the “curse” of the law?

2. According to Rom. 6:23, it is “death,” it says, “For the wages of sin is death.”

3. Paul put it like this in Rom. 5:12, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”

 

C.   How did Jesus “redeem” (rescue) us from the “curse” of the law?

1. Look back at Gal. 3:13, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:”

2. Jesus redeemed us from the “curse” of the law by “being made a curse for us.”

3. In other words, by taking our place on the cross.

4. You see, it should have been us dying on the cross.

5. It should have been us satisfying the debt for our sin.

6. It should have been us suffering the penalty for our sin.

7. Yet Jesus, because of His love for us and His desire to save us, took our place on the cross, dying in our stead.

8. Paul put it like this in Rom. 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

 

D.   Because of what Jesus did on the cross, those who place their faith in Him as Savior are completely forgiven of all their sins.

1. The Bible says in Eph. 4:32, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

2. Paul put it like this in Col. 1:14, “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:”

3. I’ll tell you, nothing can compare to the peace that comes from knowing that your sins are forgiven.

4. Do you have a past that is need of forgiveness?

5. If so, Jesus stands ready and willing to receive you into His family, and in so doing, forgive you of all your sin!

6. Will you come to Him today?

 

E.   And so, because we are sons, our past is forgiven. Not only is our past forgiven, but because we are sons…

 

 

II.      Our Present Is Fruitful.

 

A.   Notice again Vrs. 6 of our text, “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.”

 

B.   Have you ever wondered why, when God saved us, He sent His Holy Spirit to dwell within us?”

1. One reason He gave us His Spirit was to seal us.

2. Listen to Eph. 1:13, “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.”

3. In Paul’s day, a seal was a mark of ownership.

4. When the Bible says that believers are “sealed” with the “Holy Spirit,” it simply means that the indwelling Holy Spirit identifies us as a child of God.

5. This is what Paul meant when he wrote in Rom. 8:16, “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:”

6. And so, one reason God gave us His Spirit was to seal us.

 

C.   Another reason that God gave us His Spirit was to sanctify us (to produce Christ likeness in us).

1. Let’s jump ahead to Gal. 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,…Meekness, temperance:”

2. In other words, the Holy Spirit produces these character qualities in the lives of believers.

3. He produces love, and joy, and peace, and longsuffering, and gentleness, and goodness, and faith, and meekness and temperance in our lives.

 

D.   Now this raises a question.

1. How does the Holy Spirit accomplish this?

2. How does the Holy Spirit produce these character qualities in our lives?

3. He does so by doing three things for us, as believers.

4. First of all, He guides us.

5. Listen to what Jesus said in John 16:13, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:”

6. (Illus.- Have you ever had a situation arise in your life that demanded an immediate response, and part of you wanted to respond in the wrong way, yet at the same time someone inside of you said, “Don’t do it. Don’t respond in that way, but rather respond in this way?” Night before last, as I was driving back from my son’s soccer tournament in Luray, VA, a lunatic driver made a lane change on I-81 without looking, and almost ran me off the road. In fact, I did have to take the shoulder to keep from being hit. Now when that happened, part of me wanted to speed up, get on that guys’s bumper, and blink my lights and honk my horn in disapproval. But at the same time, something inside of me said, “Relax, preacher. Don’t make the situation worse than it already is. Just back off and let him go on his way.” Do you know where that voice of reason came from? It came from the indwelling Holy Spirit, Who constantly guides us to do the right thing.)

 

E.   Not only does the Holy Spirit guide us, He also empowers us.

1. He gives us the power to do the right thing.

2. In Isa. 11:1-2, we find a prophecy of the coming of Christ. Listen to what the prophet said, “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:…And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might.”

3. The Holy Spirit is both “the spirit of counsel and might.”

4. In other words, He not only guides us into all truth, but He empowers us to follow His leading.

5. The prophet Micah put it like this in Mic. 3:8, “But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD.”

F.    Not only does the Holy Spirit guide us and empower us, He also convicts us.

1. Listen to what Jesus said in John 16:8, “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:”

2. The word “reprove” here means to “convict.”

3. While this passage speaks primarily of the Holy Spirit’s ministry among the unsaved, it is a fact that He also convicts those of us who are saved.

4. When does He convict us?

5. When we do wrong or when we go astray.

6. Do you remember the prophet, Nathan?

7. After King David had sinned with Bathsheba, God sent the prophet Nathan to confront David with his sin.

8. It was Nathan who, when he confronted the king, said, “Thou art the man.” (2 Sam. 12:7)

9. Now we don’t have our own personal prophet to point out the sin in our life, however, we do have the Holy Spirit.

10.   We also have that precious promise found in 1 John 1:9, which says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

 

G.   That’s how the Holy Spirit produces Christ likeness in us, by….

-guiding us into all truth,

-empowering us to obey God’s Word,

-reproving (convicting) us when we go astray.

 

H.   And so, because we are sons, our present is fruitful.

1. Our past is forgiven.

2. Our present is fruitful.

3. Finally, this morning, because we are sons,…

 

III.    Our Prospect Is Fabulous.

 

A.   Why is our prospect fabulous?

1. Look again at Vrs. 7 of our text, it says, “Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”

2. Paul put it like this in Rom. 8:16-17, “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:…And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ;”

 

B.   Now this raises a question.

1. As “heirs of God,” what will we one day inherit?

2. Turn with me to Rev. 21:7 where we find the answer to this question, it says, “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.”

3. Based on this verse, I would definitely say that our prospect is fabulous. (Amen?)

 

C.   Let me tell you something, if you are a child of God, things just get better and better.

1. I love what John wrote in 1 John 3:2, it says, “ Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be:”

2. In other words, while it’s wonderful to be a child of God now, (excuse the grammar) we ain’t seen nothing yet!

Conclusion:

 

A.   Paul said, “And because ye are sons,”

1. At least three things are true if we are sons.

2. First of all, our past is forgiven.

3. Secondly, our present is fruitful.

4. Finally, our prospect is fabulous.

 

B.   But someone says, “What if I choose not to trust Christ as my Savior, and what if I choose not become a child of God?

1. What can be said about my past, my present, and my prospect?

2. First of all, your past will not be forgiven (your unforgiven sin will forever hang over you).

3. Secondly, your present will not be fruitful (your life will be a total waste).

4. Finally, your prospect will not be fabulous (your future will be shockingly disappointing).

5. Do you want to know what lies in your future?

6. Read with me Rev. 21:8 (we just read Vrs. 7), it says, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

7. Not much to look forward to, is it?

 

C.   For the life of me, considering all of this, I cannot understand why any sane person would not want to become a Christian.

 

D.   Are you a Christian?

1. Are you a son of God?

2. Are you a child of God?

3. If not, then you can do something about that this morning.

 

E.   (Prayer & Invitation)