Lesson 4: Galatians 4:1-7
This is the fourth Bible study for 7th-10th graders that attended Marannook in the summer of 2017.
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What is your name? (Preferred name and Last name) *
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What grade are you in?
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Who was your counselor this past summer?
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Who are you? (This might be a hard question. :)
At this point, you might say {fill in your name.} That's good, but it doesn't really tell me who you really are. You might say "a student at {list school.} That's good, but that's really what you do. You might say "an athlete," or "a musician," or "a dancer," or something else. That's good, but again, that's more of your hobbies. It really is a hard question. Let's see what the Bible says.
Read Galatians 4:1-7 - "4 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, 2 but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. 3 In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. 4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God."
What is an heir?
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You might notice that the word heir actually is connected to inheritance because it's about receiving something from someone. It's normally based on a family relationship. In this passage, who is the one that is 'giving'?
Paul talks about in Galatians 4 that the 'heir' was enslaved to what?
What Paul is referring to here is the "Law" from the Old Testament. Basically he is saying that the rules that we are told to follow can be enslaving to us if we believe that those rules can save us. We do know that we should obey GOD, but as we've seen in other studies, we can't obey GOD enough to make HIM love us. We have to have faith in JESUS to be saved, and GOD loves us because of our faith in JESUS.
Paul says that we were enslaved until what? See verse 4.
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This is a great time to read this verse because it's referring to CHRISTmas! GOD sent HIS SON 'in the fullness of time.' What did JESUS come to do? see verse 5
This word means 'to pay for someone to be released from slavery.' Do you see how JESUS did this? HE gave HIS life in our place. From verse 5, when HE redeems us, what do we receive?
We are adopted as sons. We are brought into the family of GOD! For those trusting in JESUS, we are now able to call GOD what?
This word "Abba" is a very neat term. It actually refers to the words that a baby might say about his or her dad. It's like the English "da-da." Isn't that cool? Being brought into GOD's family means that we are so close to GOD that we can call HIM 'daddy.' It's a term of intimacy
One more piece to the puzzle. Who is working in our hearts to help us realize that we can call GOD our FATHER?
That's right. Look at the whole picture here. GOD sent HIS SON to redeem us, and HE sent HIS SPIRIT into our hearts to help us know that we are children of GOD. The whole trinity is at work to make us "who we are!" So back to our first question. If you are trusting JESUS, who are you?
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