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Illustrating the Superiority of Grace.

Gal 4:1-7
Gal 4:1-7 NKJV 
1 Now  I sa
y that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all,  2 but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father. 3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. 4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!" 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. NKJV

Gal 4:1-6 NASB
1 Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything, 2 but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by the father.  3
So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world. 4 But when the fulness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law,  5 in order that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God. (NAS)

Introduction
The word grace does not appear in these verses. But the salvation talked about is obviously a product of grace.



1. The Superiority of Grace And The . . . Human Illustration. Gal. 4:1-3

        A.    Grace is Superior; Look at the . . Tutoring of the Law. v1 - 2 a
                1 Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, d
oes not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, 2 but is under guardians and stewards. . ."

        B.    Grace is Superior; Look at the . . Timing of the Law. 
                v 2
b - 3 ". . . until the time appointed by the father. 3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world."

Illustration Topic: Christ Index: 677-723 Title: Jesus Christ
If Jesus Christ is only a teacher, then all he can do is to tantalize us, to erect a standard we cannot attain to; but when we are born again of the Spirit of God, we know that he did not come only to teach us, he came to make us what he teaches we should be. Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)  

Application



2.    The Superiority of Grace And The . . Heavenly Illustration. v 4-5

        A. Grace is Superior; Look at the . . Fullness Illustration. v 4
               
"But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law,


        B. Grace is Superior; Look at the . . Family Illustration.   
            5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
  

Illustration 
If Jesus Christ were not virgin born, then, of course, he had a human father; if he had a human father, then he inherited the nature of the father; as that father had a nature of sin, then he inherited his nature of sin; then Jesus himself was a lost sinner, and he himself needed a Savior from sin. Deny the virgin birth of Jesus Christ and you paralyze the whole scheme of redemption by Jesus Christ. I. M. Haldeman (1845-1933)


Application   

If Jesus Christ were to come today, people would not even crucify him. They would ask him to dinner, and hear what he had to say, and make fun of it.
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)


3. The Superiority of Grace And The . . Heir Illustration. v 6-7   


        A.     Grace is Superior Look; at the . . Spirit and the Heirs.   v 6
            6   
And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!"


        B.     Grace is Superior Look; at the . . Son and the Heirs.   v 7
            7 Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. 

Illustration     Topic: Reconciliation Index: 2979 Title: Reckon., Hand in Hand  
T
here was a little girl whose parents had a miserable marriage and were divorced, having nothing in common save their affection for the child. One day as the girl was playing in the street she was knocked down by a bus and seriously injured. Taken to the hospital, she was examined by the doctors but was found to be beyond human aid. Hastily summoned to the hospital, her parents heard the sad news and stood silently, one on either side of the bed, looking down helplessly at the little girl. As they stood there, the child's eyes suddenly opened and seeing her parents she tried to smile. Then drawing one arm from under the sheet, she held it out in the direction of her father. "Daddy," she said, "give me your hand." Turning to her mother, she stretched out her other arm. "Mummy," she said, "give me your hand." Then with a final effort of her fast-ebbing strength she drew them close together.

Application This is a picture of what Christ did on the cross.

The Savior took the hand of sinful hateful humanity and placed it in the loving hand of God.

GRACE is Superior.