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.a
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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,b 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.
          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 forcesc ? 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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              13 As you know, it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you,
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              14 and 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.
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