THE HEIR: Lord of All
Galatians Chapter 4:1-3— 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:
God said to Abraham “(not my possessions but I) I am your gift” To us Jesus is that gift of God. To a person who cannot believe it is tragic that far reaching implications of this promise cannot be explained.
In short, God is saying, I’m giving everything to you. (1 Corinthians 3:22—Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;)
As heirs we are called to obtain the glory of Christ Jesus. An heir is someone to whom a promise is made. That promise can be expressed in a will or implied by a simple promise. God made this kind of promise to Abraham and confirmed it by an oath in swearing by his name when he could find none higher to swear by. This promise was later adopted into a covenant to us. The promise was made to Abraham and to only one seed who would be the heir.
As we walk in close fellowship with The Lord we become free from laws, and bondages to handwritten commandments of men and the weak and beggarly elements
of this world and of the laws of nature over which we are given dominion. We’ve become so saddled with doctrines and letters of the law we can’t even do anything till we’ve consulted with the Hebrew, Greed, Latin, Chaldee, Phonetian, and the American standard version.
It is said God gave us ten commandments and added no more, yet today there are six hundred and thirteen. God wants to minimize the amount of clutter that there is between He and we his sons. Laws are written for the lawless, but against love there can be written no law. Much to his credit, in showing his true desire for closeness in fellowship, God assumed the better of us by only offering the ten commandments, but we proved him wrong like in the case of divorce where God did not mean it to be so, but because of the hardness of our hearts Moses was obligated to put such laws in force. Laws are like fences, you put them up to provide a barrier or define differences. Being made like God he needed no law for us, but the invasion of sin required measures of quarantining the offense of sin.
Distance inspired alienation, you want to minimize exposure to the possible dangers of someone who doesn’t inspire your confidence, but in the presence of he Lord there is liberty and fullness of joy. It is said that David ate the shewbread which by law is reserved only for the priests only. Jesus also was accused of doing many things that were contrary to the expansive laws that was strangling Israel.
Though God is everywhere is possible to find him nowhere. His presence is in the attitude of our hearts. Our mouths can be near, but our hearts far from him. When I came alive in God one of the first questions that intrigued me was, what is my heart? Pondering that and similar questions revealed to me a number of things I found indispensable my experience in knowing God. To know what your heart is sheds light on the nature of God who desires to live in your heart. If you don’t know what your heart is you can’t really appreciate fully the nature of God.
Whether natural or spiritual, when we are children in our understanding we can be easily manipulated. Knowledge is the key, by knowledge God promises us that his righteous servant will justify many. By remaining far from God we offer him a relationship with servants instead of sons. If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles. Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the [gold] of Ophir as the stones of the brooks. Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have plenty of silver. For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God. Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows. Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways. When [men] are cast down, then thou shalt say, [There is] lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.
shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it is delivered by the pureness of thine hands.