Galatians 4:5-7: But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore, you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
I need to explain the meaning of this word slave here so you can appreciate the full weight of Paul’s declaration.
Doulas: willing slave, but still under a contract….
What is a bond slave?
Exodus 21:5-6: But if the servant plainly says, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free,’ then his master shall bring him to the judges. He shall also bring him to the door, or to the doorpost, and his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him forever.
A slave –
no claim for position,
no chance for freedom,
until the year of release.
Then he could leave
and have a new start;
debt is cancelled,
but all he has must be left behind,
even wife and kids….
If that slave found love, life, freedom, and happiness in his master’s house,
he took this vow of a doulas: a willing slave forever.
Think about that FOREVER….