A Short Study of Galatians 4:4-6
“But when the fullness 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. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.”
Christ Jesus was sent into this world to redeem His people who were held captive by offended justice. We were redeemed by price from the law of God which had a rightful claim to us and held us for ransom because of our sinfulness. The price demanded for our deliverance was nothing less than the blood of the Son of God, that is, His substitutionary death. It was by the sacrifice of Himself that Christ delivered all of His chosen ones from sin and shame. Upon the basis of Christ’s life laid down, God sends His Spirit to us with the gospel of His grace; the Spirit of Christ indwells us, grants us faith in the Saviour and gives us a blessed assurance that we are the children of the LORD. It is our honour to address the God of infinite glory with the deepest affection of children, “Abba, Father.” He instructed His disciples to pray, “Our Father which art in heaven.” Prior to His death, the Saviour told His brethren, “I go to the Father” (John 16:16), but after He had put away sins by His death and resurrection, enabling God to be a just God and a Saviour, He tenderly said to Mary, “I ascend to my Father, and your Father” (John 20:17). The LORD’s people are no longer slaves, we are sons; what a dignity is ours in Christ Jesus! What a glorious birthright we have! We draw near to God through the blood and righteousness of our Redeemer. God is “Abba, Father.” Take notice that the act of crying is attributed to the Holy Spirit. Without the Spirit of Christ we cannot perform a spiritual act. In all things, even in our prayers, the LORD receives the glory. He moves us to pray, leads us to pray, teaches us to pray, empowers us to pray, enables us to pray and excites us to pray.
Let it be remembered that though we don’t always conduct ourselves as we should, our Father always deals with us in love. We may (and will) fail, fall and stumble; in fact we might even deny the faith, as Simon Peter did (he was later restored), yet the LORD will never disown us, sever His everlasting affection from us or disinherit us as His heirs. Regrettably, we often cease to behave as His children. Thankfully, He will never cease to love us and provide for us as our Father.