July 15th, 2018

Read: GALATIANS 4:1-7 & PSALM 33:13-22

Eighth Sunday After Pentecost

"So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God." (GALATIANS 4:7)

FROM SLAVES TO SONS

Slaves hold few, if any, rights. They obey their masters' commands because they know disobedience will bring heavy punishment. Their yoke is heavy because their very lives are burdened with the crushing oppression that comes with their permanent imprisonment. They are the opposite of free. They are prisoners.

Paul reminds his Galatian brothers and sisters of their slavery to sin, which is their natural, wicked state. Shackled and burdened, they had no hope of escape, always failing to keep the Law. Yet "when the fullness of time had come," Christ came to do the unthinkable: He released them from their death under the Law, "so that we might receive adoption as sons" (4:4-5). Just think of it! From the most despised, the most hopeless slaves, we are adopted, chosen, marked as being God's family. From the lowest status to the most cherished, we possess salvation through Christ and are now heirs of God. Liberated from our sins and from a sure and certain death, we give reverent thanks to our most gracious, loving Heavenly Father, who calls us His beloved children.

"Lord, keep us steadfast in Your Word, continually binding us as sons to You and heirs of Your eternal kingdom.Amen!

Highland Park Lutheran Church (LCMC)

147 East Euclid Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa 50313-4577

Office Phone: 515-244-6517

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