25 Apr Tinted Glasses
Through what glasses do you read the Bible? Do you read it through lenses that see obligations or that see blessings? Do you approach the Scriptures as a slave or as a son and daughter of God? The proverbial ‘glasses’ you wear will determine how you interpret the Scriptures.
Galatians 4:4-7 (NKJV)
But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
The difference the Cross makes is that you can come to the Scriptures as a son or daughter of God. A slave lives under obligation. A slave comes to the house to work, to serve and to obey instructions; not to receive love or any other benefit. They aren’t there for relationship but to receive commands from a master.
When a child comes into the house they are free to go into any room. They can eat food straight from the fridge and cuddle up next to their parent on the couch. They don’t need an appointment to see the master of the house. They are free to chat to him or her any time.
Because of what Christ Jesus accomplished on the Cross you have been made a fully accepted child of God. You are no longer a slave but a child. And because you are a child, you are also an heir of God through Christ. An heir has an inheritance! The benefits of this include (among other things) freedom; that you can call the Almighty God ‘Father’; that He heals all your diseases and forgives all you iniquities (Psalm 103:1-3).
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law. He became a curse so that we can have the blessing. His grace has bestowed this wonderful inheritance on us. What joy to be loved by Him!