Room for Everyone (Galatians 3:23-4:7)Dennis R. Wiles, August 17, 2014
Part of the PLANTED...In Fertile Ground series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Dennis R. Wiles
August 17, 2014
. . . In Fertile Ground
Room for Everyone
In the first century, there was quite a bit of unrest and violence. The world was separated and segmented for numerous reasons.
Text: Galatians 3:23-4:7
One question for the early church: Just how powerful is the Gospel?
The Gospel is powerful enough to deliver eternal salvation to all people.
The means of salvation through the Gospel is faith in Jesus Christ alone.
Those who embrace the Gospel are now “in Christ”.
We are now children of God.
We are temples of the Holy Spirit.
We are heirs to God’s glory.
The Gospel is powerful enough to break down all kinds of barriers.
The Church is inclusive: genders, cultures, ethnic heritage, social status, etc.
God’s people are a part of one family!
23 Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. 24 So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.
4:1 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. (ESV)