Session Notes

What We Will Learn Today

  1. Moses as the Law 'Custodian'
  2. Law as the Elements of the World

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  1. Vs. 3 – So with us, when we were children, we were slaves to the elements of this world. when time not yet come, Moses was our guardian/manager/custodian
    1. “time of the Law” finished in two ways:
      1. first, through the coming of Christ into the flesh (Gal. 4:4,5 first, through the coming of Christ into the flesh (Gal. 4:4,5; Heb. 912)
      2. second, same Christ comes to us in spirit every day & every hour
    2. ‘Elements of this world
      1. Luther: But Paul has a special way of speaking: refers here to the Law of God itself
      2. Law = “elements of this world”
  2. Vs. 6 – And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into your hearts.
    1. Luther: “For anyone who has such doubts about the will of God toward him and who does not believe for a certainty that he is in a state of grace cannot believe that he has the forgiveness of sins, that God cares about him, or that he can be saved.” (AE 26: 377) Augustine correct: . . . anyone can certainly see his own faith if he has it . . . But this is what they [the papists] deny!
      1. person in position of authority (church or government): importance of believing that your office is pleasing to God (AE 26: 378)
      2. Paul: in addition, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts . . .
      3. is clear that the pope with his doctrine disturbs consciences, brings them to the brink of despair