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Galatians 4:4-7

Galatians 4:4-7 (NIV)

4 But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman,
born under law, 5 to redeem those under law, that we might receive the
full rights of sons. 6 Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son
into our hearts the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” 7 So you are no
longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also
an heir.

When I first read this scripture, the first thing that popped into my head was “GOD USED TO SEE HUMANS AS SLAVES?? WHAT!?! THAT’S WHAT VERSE 7 SAYS AND WHAT!?!?”

Then, well, I thought about it.

What does the Bible refer us to being slaves to time and time again? Answer: Sin. We are…were slaves to sin. But then God sent his son to save us from being slaves to sin. See, now THAT makes a lot more sense than my first understanding of this verse.

But I think that there is more to be said than just realizing that God sees us as his children than as slaves. Now, don’t get me wrong, there is A LOT of truth and power in that statement! God sees us as his own creation and his own children, and that just shows a fraction of how much he truly and unconditionally loves us. But there is another message in this scripture, too. If all of us have the same spiritual Father, then we are all spiritually brothers and sisters. We all have a connection, and it is because God sent his one son so we could all be his children.

There is a certain beauty in this scripture that is infinite and can never be fully captured in words or thoughts. This scripture proves that we are all connected. We all have the Spirit of the Son in our hearts. Because of Jesus’s sacrifice, we may realize that even though we are different people living different lives, we all come back to having the same beginning. We all come back to having the same Father. We all come back to being brothers and sisters.

Carlene Dick is a sophomore majoring in elementary education at Southwestern College. 

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