December 09, 2022 – Friday
Why Jesus Came – 2
Galatians 4:4-5 NIV
4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.
Galatians 4:4-5 CJB
4 but when the appointed time arrived, God sent forth his Son. He was born from a woman, born into a culture in which legalistic perversion of the Torah was the norm, 5 so that he might redeem those in subjection to this legalism and thus enable us to be made God’s sons.
Galatians 4:4-5 BLB
4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, having been born of a woman, having been born under the Law, 5 that He might redeem those under the Law, so that we might receive the divine adoption as sons.
Today I would like to look at these two verses once again, but only in part for each. First from 4:4, God sent his Son NIV or God sent forth his Son CJB and BLB. Looking at this alone we may ascertain that Jesus was with God before He was sent forth. MacLaren’s Expositions says, Jesus was sent; Jesus was given; Jesus came. The mission from the Father, the love of the Father, the glad obedience of the Son, must ever be recognised as interpenetrating, and all present in that supreme act. Interpenetrating has as synonyms, permeating, penetrating, and imbuing among others. Love and obedience permeated the act of God sending forth His Son. Before Jesus healed a single person, before He performed a single miracle, before He joined those at the temple at age twelve, He was there in obedience, glad obedience, to His Father.
In the next verse the phrase that we might receive adoption to sonship NIV, thus enable us to be made God’s sons CJB, and that we might receive the divine adoption as sons BLB. Clearly the idea is adoption, but it is the CJB that makes it clearer with made God’s sons and also makes it clearer with divine adoption as sons. Through Jesus we can become part of God’s family through His divine adoption. How many of us think of ourselves as literal sons or daughters of God upon receiving our salvation?
What does that mean anyway? Paul in the ninth chapter of Acts tells us we are then saints, God’s holy ones, those set aside to do His good works. Many of us are somewhat uncomfortable about being called saints or God’s holy ones. After we do not feel ‘holy’ and we are so aware of our shortcomings it is difficult to think of ourselves as saints. Nonetheless, once we have been saved and adopted into God’s family, He has expectations of us to act as His saints, his holy ones. One thing we can be assured of: He does not expect us to be perfect, but He does expect us to turn from a life of sin and continue to address whatever sin remains in our lives.
We cannot complain as we sought out the adoption He offered through His son which comes with the amazing forgiveness of our sins.
Bottom Line: It is a wonder God sent His Son to pay the price for sins so that we can be adopted into His heavenly family.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, We thank You for sending forth Your son out of love so that we may join Your heavenly family. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton