Faithlife Sermons

Things we forget about the birth of Jesus Christ

Sermon  •  Submitted
0 ratings
· 2 views
Notes & Transcripts
Galatians 4:1–5 KJV 1900
Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

Introductory thoughts:

Good Things Ahead
Topics: Birth of Christ; Christmas; Last Things; Second Coming
Reference:
When Pastor David Peterson was preparing a sermon, his little daughter came in and asked, “Daddy, can we play?”
“I’m awfully sorry, sweetheart, but I’m right in the middle of preparing this sermon. In about an hour I can play,” her dad said.
“OK,” she said. “When you’re finished, I will give you a great big hug.”
She went to the door, then did a U-turn and came back to give her dad a bone-breaking hug.
“You said you were going to give me a hug after I finished,” her dad said, teasing.
“I just wanted you to know what you have to look forward to!” the little girl said.
God wants us to know, through this first coming at Christmas, how much we have to look forward to in his great second coming.
—Dale Bruner, “Is Jesus Inclusive or Exclusive?” Theology, News & Notes (October 1999)
Larson, C. B., & Ten Elshof, P. (2008). 1001 illustrations that connect (p. 202). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House.
Be back this afternoon!

What is Paul saying?

(v. 1) The heir, as a child, is no different than a slave in the home - though the child is lord of all. He cannot claim anything.
(v. 2) Rather, the child, is under governance until a specific time of appointment by his father.
Introductory thoughts:
Introductory thoughts:
(v. 3) In like manner, we (believers currently - Paul, Galatians…etc) were (showing this was before salvation) children under the spiritual forces of the world.
(v. 4) But the time, when fulfilled, God sent forth the Son of God (not previously under the spiritual forces of the world), who submitted himself to be born fully human, and submitted himself to the law.
I think that it is important to understand more fully what “under the law” seems to be saying there. See . To be under the law is to be under the demands of the law. A curse was the fruit of those who could not continue in all things written therein, meaning, we were cursed people. See ,

Subsequent statement summarized:

(i) The law has a penalty for all those who cannot keep it
(ii) The penalty for all men is to be cursed of God
(iii) The curse of God was shown by hanging someone on a tree openly
(iv) All mankind deserves to be crucified on a tree because of the penalty
(v) The only way out for man is to be purchased from under that penalty by someone who is not under the same penalty
(vi) To make the purchase, this individual must willingly go through the penalty that he does not deserve
(vii) Jesus was made a curse for us
The Bible clearly connects redemption with the curse (; , ) and redemption with being under the law (). This shows to us that Jesus Christ, in becoming a curse, means that he suffered the fruit of those who were not able to meet the demands of the law (though, he was perfect). It is the doom of sin that Jesus suffered. It is the penalty of the curse, which is the condemnation upon all those who could not live according to the demands of the law. [i.e. Law -> Demands of the Law upon man -> Man cannot keep the demands of the Law -> Curse: the punishment upon those who cannot keep the demands of the Law versus Law -> Demands of the Law upon Jesus -> Jesus fulfilled the Law -> Curse: must be fore someone else’s sin…etc]
(v. 5) This was done for the purpose of buying those who were under the law, so that adoption from being under the spiritual elements of the world to heirs of God could take place.

ENDING MESSAGE ONE - APPLICATION:

This means:

(1) Some of you may be thinking less of the birth of Christ than you should

(i) Some of you like the time of year, but you don’t understand how the birth points to your need.
Ill:
(ii)
Cruel End for Teflon Don
Topics: Despair; Justice; Retribution; Sowing and Reaping
References: ;
Mafia boss John Gotti thought he was immune to the law. Nicknamed “the Teflon Don” for escaping punishment by bribing jurors, Gotti had eaten at the best restaurants, worn the most expensive suits, and had his hair trimmed daily by his personal barber.
But the FBI kept compiling evidence against Gotti and eventually convinced Gotti’s underboss, Salvatore Gravano, to testify against Gotti in court. In June 1992, Gotti was sentenced and taken to Marion, Illinois, the most secure federal prison. For eight years he spent nearly twenty-four hours a day in a concrete seven-by-eight-foot cell with a radio, a small television, a cot, a basin, and a toilet. He was allowed two showers a week, and he got his meals through a slot in the cell door.
Gotti conceded, “I’m cursed. I’m stuck in this joint here, and that’s the end of it.”
In 1998 Gotti was diagnosed with throat cancer. He died in June 2002.
—Rick Hampson, “Curtains Descend on Gotti, Family,” USA Today (July 25, 2001)
Larson, C. B., & Ten Elshof, P. (2008). 1001 illustrations that connect (pp. 227–228). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House.

(2) Some of you may be thinking less of God than you should.

(i) God initiated this.
Ill:
How Long Must They Wait?
Jesus lived and wrought at a strategic time in history. Paganism had proved to be empty vagaries. Pagans turned to their political leaders for salvation, only to find none. The Roman world was overrun with all kinds of religious sects promising spiritual deliverance, but providing none. Many pagans turned to Judaism, only to find it to be rote ritual, ceremonies, and burdensome legalism.
The fog of despair settled over the world. Confusion reigned. Hope was gone. “When the fullness of the time [a time right in God’s eyes] was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons” ()....Hobbs, H. H. (1990). My favorite illustrations (p. 190). Nashville, TN: Broadman Press.
Darkness and confusion still reign over the earth. Billions have never heard the gospel of the atoning, living, reigning, and coming Christ. The cry still is heard, “How long must we wait?”
To us He has entrusted the gospel. How long must the masses of the world wait to hear it? The answer lies with you and me.
Hobbs, H. H. (1990). My favorite illustrations (p. 190). Nashville, TN: Broadman Press.

BEGINNING OF MESSAGE PART II

Why is Paul saying this?

What relevance or importance might this have for the believers in Galatia?
First, Paul is using a social structure that the Galatians would have understood.
Second, the child/servant is bound. This would have helped the Galatian believers to understand the predicament they were in.
Third, having shown the powerlessness and enslaved position of mankind, now Paul is showing them how God acted (v. 4). Sonship is God-initiated.
True freedom is found not by what you can control or do, but by believing what God has already controlled and done.
This also would distinguish where true liberty is found. True freedom is found not by what you can control or do, but by believing what God has already controlled and done.
Fourthly, redemption would have affirmed the prior state of enslavement, but it also would show that it is nonsense for Christ to emancipate us only to enslave us to rudiments, from which we were freed.
Also, note that God related to us in our enslavement (made of a woman and made under the law), so that he could remove us from childhood under “elements of the world” to sonship of God.
It strikes at the heart of the false teaching.

Principle:

What we see in God sending forth his Son should cause us to fully reject all of the weak and beggarly principles of religion (, ).
What does the believer need to know when they hear verse 4:

Proposition:

The birth of Jesus Christ is not just for unbelievers to be saved, but the birth of Christ must be seen is a truth that believers continually cherish!

Application / What does the believer need to know when they hear verse 4:

(1) Enough has been done to make you a child ()
This is for the person that is - Lives like they are trying to become a child of God - they never feel like anything they do is good enough
(2) Your inheritance is secure as a child ()
Live like they are going to lose something because of God’s judgment
(3) You’re already ahead as a child
Live busy, active lives; but they feel like they can never get ahead ()
(4) Your sonship is a real experience
Live without a passionate, experience of God’s fatherliness ()
The birth of Christ reminds us:
Enough has been done to make you his child
Your inheritance is secure in Jesus
You’re already ahead as a child
Your sonship is something to be passionately experienced
That’s what you need to remember!
Related Media
Related Sermons