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Redemption's Road #2 - No Longer Slaves

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Brief Review of Last Week

Premise of series
Need for Redemption
Today: No Longer Slaves

Foundation Scripture

Galatians 4:3–7 NKJV
Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
Paul alluding to 2 very different worlds/realms here:
2 very different realms

Elements of the World

Elementary - very basic, can’t go very far
Rudimentary - limited in scope and content
But most accurately: “what belongs to a series”
Remember, we’re in “bondage” or are slaves to it
A series is a progression - what naturally follows
Its just what the ruler of this world - Satan - wants to happen
Look at this scripture:
James 1:14–15 NIV
but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
See the progression here - the “elements” of the world?
Its the same pattern that led Adam and Eve into messing up
Desire - I want it
Gen 3:6 says that Eve saw that the fruit of the tree was “desirable” for gaining wisdom - to be like God
Enticement - looks really good
looks good, sounds good, tastes good (Eve)
Conception - the act happens
We make the choice - I’ll just go ahead and do it
Sin - missing the mark, got sidetracked
Missing the mark - can’t get to God =
Death - God can’t be found
death - nothing of God at all
Happens with:
In the world, we’re slaves to this stuff!
We can’t help ourselves!!
It started a LOOOONG time ago:

Redeemed - Now What?

But our text says that Christ came to redeem us from the slavery/bondage of the world.
But its no good to just set someone free - prisoner fresh from prison
REDEEM means so much more than that. To REDEEM means to put you back where you were originally intended to be.
Lot of words - but nothing concrete. Nothing to get it done. Nothing to really help me out.
Not so fast, doubter!

The Spirit

He made us sons of God, and because we are sons, our text tells us that
Galatians 4:6 NIV
Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”
Broke the bondage, paid the price, and sent the way to remain free - the Spirit

Life in the Spirit - No Longer Slaves!

The Spirit has the answer to the worldly elements that we were subject to. He has a different life that he wants us to live. Actually, its the life that he planned from the beginning:
Worldly Enticement - Spiritually contented
Philippians 4:12–13 NIV
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Human Desire - Spirit brings satisfaction
Isaiah 58:11 NASB95
“And the Lord will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.
Act of Conception - Spirit gives self-control
Galatians 5:22–23 NIV
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Sin brings separation from God - the Spirit brings us closer to God
Romans 8:14 NIV
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.
Sin brings Death - the Spirit gives life
Romans 8:2 NIV
because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
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