GALATIANS‬ ‭4:1-7‬‬‬

“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. They have to obey their guardians until they reach whatever age their father set. 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. But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. 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. And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.”

Galatians‬ ‭4:1-7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

The concept of sonship in western Americanized Christianity seems to be lost. Many Christians wrongly view God as Father due to our ontological nature as his creation. They erroneously believe meme theology about humanity being “children of God.” But truthfully, though we are his creation and owned by him, in that sense, our sonship comes from a different facet of our relationship with him: adoption. Christianity isn’t built on the fulfillment of law but rather than fulfilling of a need for relational protection and new relational allegiances. Many Christians are missing the truth, and therefore the blessings, of living as true heirs of God. They call upon him as a father, but not in their heart. In their hearts, they have no relational fondness for him, the way that a child longs to see his father or waits for him to come from his workday. As Christians, this is the relationship that is promised. This is a big part of the blessing of believing; a sons relationship with his daddy.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy.

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