My point is this: heirs, as long as they are minors, are no better than slaves, though they are the owners of all the property;
but they remain under guardians and trustees until the date set by the father.
So with us; while we were minors, we were enslaved to the elemental spirits a of the world.
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law,
in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children.
And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our b hearts, crying, "Abba! c Father!"
So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God. d8
Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to beings that by nature are not gods.
Now, however, that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and beggarly elemental spirits? e How can you want to be enslaved to them again?
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