A Return to Slavery
Topic: Galatians Passage: Galatians 4:8–4:11
One author wrote:
“Christians who are no longer sure that God loves and accepts them in Jesus, apart from their present spiritual achievements, are subconsciously radically insecure persons, much less secure than non-Christians, because of the constant bulletins they receive from their Christian environment about the holiness of God and the righteousness they are supposed to have. Their insecurity shows itself in pride, a fierce defensive assertion of their own righteousness and defensive criticism of others. They cling desperately to legal, pharisaical righteousness, but envy (and) jealousy and other…sin grow out of their fundamental insecurity.”
“How then can you return to false gods?
How can you return to idols?
How can you go back to being slaves?
The only alternative to the gospel of grace is idolatry
“An idol is anything in my life that occupies the place that should be occupied by God.”
“Thou shalt remember that thou was a bondman, a slave, in the land of Egypt, and the Lord thy God redeemed thee.”
“Lord Jesus, make Thyself to me a living bright reality.
More present to faith’s vision keen than any outward objects seems.
More dear, more intimately nigh, than e’en the sweetest earthly tie.
Keller says, “If we know Jesus, and know that He knows us, we will enjoy Him, and push the controlling idols aside.”