Weekly Study Questions

Galatians 4:4-7, "In the Fullness of Time"

  1. What does the phrase "in the fullness of time" mean as Paul uses it regarding the coming of Jesus?  Discuss this phrase in light of Matthew 1:22.
  2. If time is a way of indicating change, then what kind of change according to Galatians 3: 23 did this coming of Jesus usher in?  What changed?  What/who was our tutor before Jesus and why do we no longer need that tutor?
  3. What does it mean that "God sent forth His Son" in the fullness of time?  In what way was the Son involved in this sending and coming? Check out John 1:1-5,14; 3:16; Phil. 2:6-11.  Why is the Son's involvement important?
  4. What does it mean that God's Son would be born of a woman under the law?  How does this fit with Matt. 1:18-23; Luke 1:26-33.  Why is this important?
  5. Paul tells us that God's Son came to redeem those who were under the law.  What does it mean to be under the law and why is there a need for redemption? 
  6. In what way, does being redeemed by the Son make it possible to be adopted as a son?  In what way, if at all is this connected with what we find in Galatians 3: 21-26?  How do I personally lay hold of this redemption God is offering through His Son?
  7. Notice that throughout this passage "might" is used a number of times.  "Might redeem"? "Might receive the adoption"?  What does "might" mean in this context?  Why "might"?
  8. What does it mean that God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts?  Why is this important?  What does it indicate? 
  9. What does it mean that God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying "Abba Father"(!)?
  10. What does it practically mean when one goes from being a slave to a son, and then a son to an heir?  Why is it so important that we understand who we are and what we have been given in Jesus?
  11. What have you learned from this passage and how do you intend to apply what you have learned over the next few weeks?