Sons and Heirs

1 I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave,a though he is the owner of everything,
2 but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father.
3 In the same way we also, when we were children, 1were enslaved to the elementary principlesb of the world.
4 But 2when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, 3born 4of woman, born 5under the law,
5 6to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive 7adoption as sons.
6 And because you are sons, God has sent 8the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!"
7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then 9an heir through God.