In the most recent message in our Galatians series, we saw that because God has sent his Son to redeem us, we are no longer his enemies, or ‘slaves’ under the ‘curse of the law’, but we are ‘children of God through faith’ (Galatians 3:26-4:7). More than that, whether we are male or female, all who are ‘in Christ’ are ‘adopted as sons’, so that we are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, one day to ‘share in his glory’ (Romans 8:17). What an amazing transformation – from enemies and slaves to sons and heirs!

Reflecting on this change, our Galatians study book asks the questions, ‘how does this make you feel? How will you make sure you meditate on the reality and privilege of sonship each day of the rest of your life?’ (my emphasis) Yes, it’s that good, and that important to remember!

In his Christian classic, ‘Knowing God’, J.I. Packer says that to be forgiven of our sins by God the holy judge is wonderful, but to then be adopted into the family of God our loving Father is the highest privilege the gospel offers.

So, he too, says we should remind ourselves every day, ‘I am a child of God; God is my Father; heaven is my home; every day is one day nearer; my Saviour is my brother; every Christian is my brother too.

In the face of contrary and unhelpful messages from the world around us, meditate on and give thanks to God for the wonder of these realities! Remember that he is the very God who has “sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who cries out, ‘Abba, Father!’” (Galatians 4:6) And whenever you say the ‘Lord’s Prayer’, realise that Jesus truly meant for each of us to be able to say, ‘Our Father in heaven’

James Sartain