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From Slaves to Sons

by Dan Cruver Published Jun 25, 2008

In his commentary on Galatians, Philip Ryken writes:

“The . . . second purpose for Christ’s coming was ‘that we might receive adoption as sons’ (Gal. 4:5). Christ’s coming had an adopting purpose as well as atoning purpose. God sent his Son to make us all his sons and daughters. Christ accomplished our adoption as well as our redemption. It would be enough for God to release us from slavery, to rescue us from our captivity to the law, and so to redeem us from its curse. But God did not stop there. Once Christ had gained our freedom, he gathered us into his family. He went beyond redemption to adoption, turning slaves into sons” (Philip Graham Ryken, Galatians, 163).

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