Galatians 4. Forum Discussion

Redemption and becoming children of God

Redemption is defined as:

  1. The act of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil.
  2. The act of regaining or gaining possession of something in exchange for payment or clearing a debt.

Let us consider these definitions with respect to Jesus, our sins, and life eternal.

The Law (The Old Testament) made us aware of our sins.


“For through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.” – Romans 3:20.

Nobody could keep the Law, and in that sense, everyone became slaves to sin under the Law.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23

“Everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.” – John 8:34

Because God is righteous and just, our sins have consequences.  Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 6:23 is not a scripture to be glossed over or read through quickly. It is telling us that the price for our sins is death. Not death in human terms, but eternal death. Without Jesus we would be thrown into the fire and spend eternity in hell.

So far we have seen that:

  1. Everybody sins.
  2. Those sins have consequences.
  3. The consequence of our sins should be eternal death.

But Jesus changed all that!

Jesus was willing to accept our punishment for us. He paid the price, and we are the beneficiaries.

He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.” – Titus 3:5.

Romans 5:8-11 puts it this way:

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.  For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.  And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

The above scripture points out two things:

  1. Believers have been justified by the blood of Jesus. From our previous study of Galatians 2, we learned that being justified means, “Forgiven and made right.” So in Jesus, we are forgiven, and we are made right.
  2. We are saved from the wrath of God through Jesus.

Jesus not only makes us right, when we receive Him, we become children of God.

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” – John 1:12.

Paul provides a nice summary of what we have learned so far in his letter to the Romans:

“Because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin. But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets,   even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction;  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;  whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith.” – Romans 3:20-25 

We will finish today’s lesson where we started, with the subject of redemption.

Redemption is defined as:

  1. The act of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil.
  2. The act of regaining or gaining possession of something in exchange for payment or clearing a debt.

Jesus, our Lord and Savior, saved us from the bondage of sin. He made the payment for our sins, and in exchange we can now be called sons and daughters of God.

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.” – Ephesians 1:7.

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at Galatians 5 and compare the fruit of the Spirit with the works of the flesh. May God’s blessings be upon you until then. Amen

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How do we thank Jesus for saving us?

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How do we thank Jesus? In word and in deed.

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Thanks

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By surrendering ALL to Jesus, our redeemer.

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The best way to thank Jesus for saving us is live Godly lives. To love Him. To show our love by keeping His commandments. And to work hard to let others know about Him and His redeeming blood!

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