I’m always intrigued by people who want to ‘go back to the good old days’. Go back to candlelight, wood heat and trips to the outhouse. Go back to hunting your food, wrestling it to the ground, skinning it and trying to preserve it. Go back to rotten veggies by late winter. Bring back the good old days? NO thanks!
The Galatians wanted to ‘go back’; not to living off the grid but back to living by the Law. The Law that brought death the first time can’t do any better the second time. Thank God for grace!
Sermon Study Questions: Galatians 4:1-20
- Recount and explain some of the rules you had in your house when you were growing up.
- Religious groups seem to like rules, why is that?
- What does it mean that Jesus ‘redeemed us that we might receive adoption to sonship’? How do sons live and feel differently than slaves?
- If you were to ‘go back’ to the old life, the life you had before Christ, what would that look like?
- What is meant by the phrase “until Christ is formed in you”? (v.19) Where do you see that happening?