1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; 2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. 3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: 4 But when the fulness 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. 6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. Galatians 4:1-7 (KJV)
You’ve got to admit, this is an amazing argument, moving from one possible viewpoint to another. This is the adoption argument, and few Messianics have ever bothered trying to refute this one.
I know, you’re all anxious for me to move on to the Sabbatarianism and Holy name stuff, and the completely deranged “two house” theory.
And then there’s the need for every Messianic to get a Hebrew name. We’ll deal with all of that, I promise, but let’s first finish looking at the word of God.
8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. 9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? 10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. 11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain. Galatians 4:8-11 (KJV)
This is a polite way of Paul saying, “I thought you all were saved!!! What happened? Was I misled? Did I waste my time on you teaching you, when I should have been making sure you were saved?”
This also is a good proof that many who make a profession of faith without a full understanding of the Gospel may not actually be saved at that time. Often, in my experience, the true salvation experience can be heard from a convert several months after they do the “sinners prayer”. “I thought I was saved, but today, I finally realized what the Gospel was, and I realize I was just lying to myself…”
I’ve heard that several times. I usually tell people “That’s what it means to make your calling and election sure!”
I’d honestly love to just throw Galatians up here with no commentary, as it really answers the entire issue. But Messianics have already shown they are incapable of understanding the Bible, which is another hint that many of them may not be saved.
12 Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am; for I am as ye are: ye have not injured me at all. 13 Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first. Galatians 4:12-13 (KJV)
Paul now begins to address one of the most common complaints of the false teachers that came in – without exception, all of them questioned Paul’s claim to be an apostle. Paul could have been rude and done a Philip Dean, and simply responded, “Okay, where’s your miracles???” These miracles as performed were the bona fides that established that Paul was indeed an Apostle.
14 And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus. 15 Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me. 16 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? 17 They zealously affect you, but not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect them. 18 But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you. 19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you, 20 I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you. Galatians 4:14-20 (KJV)
Paul again is questioning, “Are you saved? I’m really worried, and I need to come and verify that you are saved, because right now you’re making me doubt your salvation.”
Messianic, think CAREFULLY about Galatians 4:20. What would Paul be saying to YOU right now? Exactly this verse. “I stand in doubt of you.”
21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? 22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. 23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. 24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. 25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. 26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. Galatians 4:21-26 (KJV)
Paul again compares Grace and the Law, calling the “son of the bondmaid” the Law, and “the son of the freewoman” Grace. It’s a VERY strong argument.
Are you thinking about this, or just reading it???
27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. 28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. 29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. 30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. 31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free. Galatians 4:27-31 (KJV)
If you’re saved, you’re free. If you’re not, you’re under bondage. So… why would someone who is free return to the bondage of the law?