Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son1 into our hearts,2 the Spirit who calls out, ""Abba",a Father."37
So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.4
Formerly, when you did not know God,5 you were slaves6 to those who by nature are not gods.79
But now that you know God--or rather are known by God8--how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved9 by them all over again?1010
You are observing special days and months and seasons and years!1111
I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.1212
I plead with you, brothers,13 become like me, for I became like you. You have done me no wrong.
As you know, it was because of an illness14 that I first preached the gospel to you.
Even though my illness was a trial to you, you did not treat me with contempt or scorn. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, as if I were Christ Jesus himself.1515
What has happened to all your joy? I can testify that, if you could have done so, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me.
Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?16