Kirribilli Neutral Bay

Full and free acceptance

Freedom (Galatians)
27 June 2010
Mark Smith
Galatians 3:1-4:7

Knowing who we are matters - & we who are in Christ are nothing less than ‘sons of God’.  Paul’s defence of true Christian freedom crescendos: Justification makes it clear we are accepted by God.  But adoption as sons shows the depth of our acceptance.  As J I Packer put it: ‘Adoption is the highest privilege that the gospel offers: higher even than justification… Justification is a forensic idea, conceived in terms of law, and viewing God as judge. […] Adoption is a family idea, conceived in terms of love, and viewing God as Father.’  7 benefits of being sons of God are explored here for our encouragement.