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Nov. 28 Notes and Questions

Nov 28 Notes and Questions

Christmas Songs Pt. 2

Wk 1, “I Come thou Long Expected Jesus!”

Galatians 4:1-7

Darin Elquist

 

Haggai 2:7
I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory, ’ says the LORD Almighty.

 

Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

 

Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.

By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne

 

Luke 2:14
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

 

Galatians 4:1-11
​Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by the father. So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the  elemental things of the world. But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.

However at that time, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those which by nature are no gods. But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless  elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again? You observe days and months and seasons and years. I fear for you, that perhaps I have labored over you in vain.

 

 

Galatians 4:1-3
​Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by the father. So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world.

 

  1. The Problem…Our Inability to be right with God on our own

 

Colossians 2:8
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.

 

  1. The Solution

 

Galatians 4:4-5
But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

 

Jesus came to us in three different ways:

 

a.  As the Son of God

 

b.  As the Son of Man

 

c.  As a Servant of the Law

 

Matthew 5:17
“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.

 

  1. The Purpose

 

Galatians 4:5
so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

 

  1. Welcome to the Family!

 

Galatians 4:5-7
so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.

When we come to faith God gives us a few things because we are now His Children.

 

a.  His Spirit

 

Galatians 4:6
Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts,…

 

Romans 8:16
The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God

 

b. God Gave us All We Need

 

    1. What are some things that come to mind when you think about Christmas? Think about a time 10, 20, or 30 years ago.  Was it the same then as it is now?  Why or why not?
    2. Read Haggai 2:7, what do you think it means when God says he will shake all nations? What do you think is “desired by all nations” means?
    3. Why do you think the Jewish people in the first century felt the Messiah would free them from the Roman oppression?
    4. What oppression did Jesus actually free people from?
    5. Read Galatians 4:1-3, what is meant by “he is under guardians and managers until the date set by the father” in verse 2?
    6. What are some ways being a child can be compared to being a slave?
    7. Read Galatian 4:3-7, what does it mean to us that we are adopted as sons? How did Jesus redeem those who were under the law?
    8. What does it mean that we are “an heir through God”? What did we inherit?
    9. What are the things that we need to be successful in faith?