Let us dive right into our key text coming out of Galatians 4:4 — 5 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
4 But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Prior to the coming of Christ and His death and resurrection, Christians were held to the very strict Mosaic laws — also known as the Ten Commandments — which were issued by God the Father. Punishments for breaking many of those laws were extremely severe, but in Jesus’ time here on earth, He “redeemed them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” This does not mean that “Thou shalt not covet, and thou shalt not steal,” went out of the window. The Ten Commandments are not null and void. Jesus made this clear when He said He “was not come to destroy the law.” He simply encapsulated the ten commandments within two newly issued commandments in the New Testament: “Love the Lord thy God with all of your heart, and love thy neighbor as thyself.” In other words, Jesus initiated the idea of spiritual family.
Believers are bothers and sisters in Christ. We are to love God the Father more than anything else, and love our fellow believers like ourselves. Though God still gives us commandments concerning things we should not do, we do not have the same severe punishments. Instead of being stoned or something equally as harsh, we have God’s grace as sons and daughters of God through Christ’s salvation. Think of a parent disciplining his child. Many parents would rather talk to their child first about wrong actions before resorting to more severe punishments. That is what the new law does for us. That is what it means to live under God’s grace as His sons and daughters.
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