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 of the world.
References for Galatians 4:3
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 hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!"
References for Galatians 4:6
So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.
References for Galatians 4:7
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? How can you want to be enslaved to them again?
References for Galatians 4:9
You are observing special days, and months, and seasons, and years.
I am afraid that my work for you may have been wasted.
Friends, I beg you, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You have done me no wrong.
References for Galatians 4:12