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For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.
So, brothers, we are not children of the slave but of the free woman.
Are you living as a slave or a son?
Are you operating out of a spirit of slavery or a spirit of adoption?
The Greek word here for slavery is "bondage or condition of a slave i.e. no freedom” “a cursed state".
The Greek word for adoption and son is “covenant relationship between God and Israel’, relationship between father and son”, “a relationship that leads to inheritance or is blessed”
Slavery is: non-relational works-based bondage that is cursed and empty
Sonship is: relational love-based freedom that is blessed and full of grace inheritance
Jesus operated as the ultimate son in his life:
So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel.
Jesus did not operate in a slave mentality as the Messiah. He operated in a spirit of sonship.
Slaves use words like “I ought to do this or that”, “I want to do good things”, “I just want to do the right thing”, or “I can’t control this area of my life”.
Sons use words like “I only do what the Spirit leads me to do”, “I am loved because of God’s grace not my actions”, or “I am free in Jesus from every bondage”.
Abraham is the prophetic example of producing slavery and sonship:
Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not listen to the law? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave woman and one by a free woman. 23 But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, while the son of the free woman was born through promise. 24 Now this may be interpreted allegorically: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar. 25 Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. 26 But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. 27 For it is written, “Rejoice, O barren one who does not bear; break forth and cry aloud, you who are not in labor! For the children of the desolate one will be more than those of the one who has a husband.” 28 Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise. 29 But just as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so also it is now. 30 But what does the Scripture say? “Cast out the slave woman and her son, for the son of the slave woman shall not inherit with the son of the free woman.” 31 So, brothers, we are not children of the slave but of the free woman.
Hagar/Ishmael - slavery principles
And the angel of the Lord said to her, “Behold, you are pregnant and shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael, because the Lord has listened to your affliction.
12 He shall be a wild donkey of a man, his hand against everyone and everyone's hand against him, and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen.”
Slavery begins when we let fear move us out of the God ordained position(ing) that we are in.
Slavery continues when we run to the world/flesh/Egypt for the resource that God promised us.
Slavery grows when discouraged unbelief causes us to make covenant or agreement with the world resources (Hagar).
Slavery produces an un-blessed divisive result which fights against all that is of the Spirit.
Sarah/Issac - sonship principles
When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless, 2 that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly.” 3 Then Abram fell on his face. And God said to him, 4 “Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations. 5 No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. 6 I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make you into nations, and kings shall come from you. 7 And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. 8 And I will give to you and to your offspring after you the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession, and I will be their God.” 9 And God said to Abraham, “As for you, you shall keep my covenant, you and your offspring after you throughout their generations. 10 This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your offspring after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised. 11 You shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you.
Sonship can begin when we are done with our natural strength - Abraham was as good as dead according to Romans 4:19
He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb.
Sonship can begin when we have a prophetic change of identity (name) - Abram to Abraham
Sonship can begin when we cut off the works of the flesh at the production of life - Abraham was circumcised
Sonship will only manifest in a culture of faith instead of works –
No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.
Slavery manifests in a heart culture of efforting unbelief.
Sonship manifests in a heart culture of weakness embracing faith.