Galatians 4:2-12 NIV

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 forcesa of the world.

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    • r 4:3 - Or "under the basic principles"
      4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law,

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      5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.b

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        • s 4:5 - The Greek word for "adoption to sonship" is a legal term referring to the full legal standing of an adopted male heir in Roman culture.
          6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba,c Father.”

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            • t 4:6 - Aramaic for "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.

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              Paul’s Concern for the Galatians

              8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods.

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              9 But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forcesd ? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?

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                • u 4:9 - Or "principles"
                  10 You are observing special days and months and seasons and years!

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                  11 I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.

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                  12 I plead with you, brothers and sisters, become like me, for I became like you. You did me no wrong.

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