What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate.
He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father.
So also, when we were children, we were in slavery1 under the basic principles of the world.24
But when the time had fully come,3 God sent his Son,4 born of a woman,5 born under law,65
to redeem7 those under law, that we might receive the full rights8 of sons.96
Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son10 into our hearts,11 the Spirit who calls out, ""Abba",a Father."127
So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.13
Formerly, when you did not know God,14 you were slaves15 to those who by nature are not gods.169
But now that you know God--or rather are known by God17--how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved18 by them all over again?19