Of Age Heirs


November 4


Read Galatians 4:1-3

What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave although he owns the whole estate. The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces of the world.



How is living under the law like living under slavery?


During the time of Paul’s writing, coming of age ceremonies were a part of life. Until they were of age, many wealthy children lived under the care of a guardian. This guardian was usually a slave or a servant who would supervise the child until they were old enough to supervise themselves. The servant had full command over the child, so practically speaking, the child wasn’t that different from a slave.


In addition, while promised their share of the estate, the children did not yet have access to it or any control over it. Instead, trustees managed the estate until they were of age. They had the promise of a future inheritance but they could not benefit from it until they were considered adults.


While the Jews were under the law, waiting for the Messiah, they were like little children. They had no access to their inheritance and they were living under the command and direction of the law. Under the “guardianship” of the law, they learned the basics. How to behave, how to offer a sacrifice, what is clean, what is unclean, how to keep the Sabbath, how to commemorate what God has done through acts of remembrance, etc. But they were slaves to rites, rituals, and rules.


But after Christ? They could be like adult children. No longer slaves trying to keep the law on their own-and failing. Free to enjoy all the benefits and blessings they had inherited. They had freedom in Christ!


And yet, the Judaizers were pulling them back into the law. They told them they must continue to keep the law in addition to faith in Christ. Instead of moving on to spiritual adulthood, the Judaizers were dragging them back to a spiritual childhood. Spiritual immaturity. And worse, spiritual slavery.


Friends, if you are in Christ, you are free from the law. You are an “of age” heir. You are not a little child of God, you are an adult son or daughter of the King. Free to enjoy all that your inheritance entails. Do not let anyone try to suck you back into slavery and spiritual immaturity. You are saved by God’s grace. Move forward in that assurance.



God, thank You for the gift of Your grace. Keep me walking in Your freedom instead of slipping back into the bondage of the law. Amen.

~ Pastor Nat Crawford


If you found value in this post, please share your comments, questions, and prayers with us! Or share this post with your friends and family, here is the link: https://bttb.org/your-daily-forward-devotional

Praise the Lord.....thank you for standing in the gap for me at one of the most difficult time of my life....But God!!!!! My daughter had her surgery yesterday....radical hysterectomy She made it through ok and was out of the hospital in 24 hrs! What a God we serve and I love to brag on Him every chance I get. Blessings & LOve J
James - we are praying that the procedure went well for Wendy & that she will heal quickly! Praying for continued peace for your family!
Save me from my sins Lord Jesus
Pastor Nat, God bless you for the enlightenment.
Thank you Jesus for saving me, giving grace even through I do nor deserve it and faith to rely on you.
Good thought on freedom in Christ. Thank you.
Jesus' life, death and the ultimate miracle His of resurrection is what allow mankind to enter the Kingdom of God sin-free.
We all need to hang onto the iron rod of Christ in order to move forward into the precious freedoms Jesus traded his life for us. He is a lighthouse beacon in an otherwise dark scared world.
I am praying for healing and a quick recovery for your daughter Wendy. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 In Jesus name, Amen
Good gracious and merciful Father, thank You for the freedom You have allowed me to partake in. By Your grace, I am able to be an adult, no more childish behavior but spiritual maturity. Guide my steps O Lord, so I can shout to the world praises and glory forever to the almighty Father. In Christ Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Thank you Pastor Nat. Very timely again! I am alive in Christ and the former things have passed away. I have been struggling...Please pray for my daughter Wendy....she is having surgery tomorrow and my wife and I are taking her to the hospital. I have been struggling with worry and fear as we get closer.. I know where it comes from and continue to cover us by the precious blood of Jesus...but it is really tough. Thanks....Blessings, Jim
Thanks for the message.
Thank you pastor Nat God bless today
Excellent and easy to understand teaching on this passage, Pastor Nat. Thank you.
We are free to see what the law pointed to that is the love and glory of Jesus Christ. Free from the penalty of sin, free to serve Jesus and others out of pleasure not commands. The truth that we are children of God because he had given us faith to believe and obey him with joy! Amen
Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. Amen !
Amen! John 8v36: "...Who the Son has set free, is free indeed". O what blessed assurance!
Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.