Understanding the significance of Salvation is critical for doing life. In the early Church, the traditions, sacrifices and mystery of the coming Messiah were significant cultural issues as well as spiritual ones. All the worship of the day included the doing of things to achieve spiritual significance. So the thought of salvation by grace was not only difficult for the Jews, but for every culture. Paul summed it up with a picture of being an heir. Prior to being of age Heirs were under the authority of their Guardian, All the rules of a trust had to be followed so the heir could someday receive his inheritance. Yet, while he had to follow the rules of the trust, it did not define who he was. It was the same with the early church. All the Jewish tradition and rules were not designed to define the people, but to prepare them for becoming the Son’s of God.
It is still the same for us. We are not defined by following rules. We are defined by following Christ. He saved us by grace and leads us to by transformed into the image of God. He guides us to be free from the bondage the world continues to entices us with. He does not make us more saved or more his son—that is simply who and who’s we are. The guidance is simply a father’s attempt to allow us to enjoy our inheritance. Simply put, we are called to enjoy our lives of freedom and not try to earn our place as his children.
God Bless You
What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. 2 The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. 3 So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces[a] of the world. 4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.[b] 6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba,[c] Father.” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.