But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.
Food For Thought:
What do you think that Paul is trying to communicate to the church at Galatia in this passage of Scripture? How does this passage still speak to you today? Is the image of God as a Father a comforting or an uncomforting image? Why or why not?
Gracious God, you have redeemed us through Jesus Christ, the first-born of all creation, whose birth we celebrate as the child of Bethlehem. Bless us with every spiritual blessing, that we may live as your adopted children and witness to your glory with unending praise and thanksgiving. In your holy and sacred name we pray, Amen.