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Galatians 4
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4Think of it this way. If a father dies and leaves an inheritance for his young children, those children are not much better off than slaves until they grow up, even though they actually own everything their father had.G1161G3004G2818G1909G3745G5550G2076G3516G1308G3762G1401G5607G2962G3956 2They have to obey their guardians until they reach whatever age their father set.G235G2076G5259G2012G2532G3623G891G4287G3962 3And that’s the way it was with us before Christ came. We were like children; we were slaves to the basic spiritual principles of this world.G2532G3779G2249G3753G2258G3516G2258G1402G5259G4747G2889 4But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law.G1161G3753G4138G5550G2064G2316G1821G846G5207G1096G1537G1135G1096G5259G3551 5God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.G2443G1805G5259G3551G2443G618G5206 6And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.”G1161G3754G2075G5207G2316G1821G4151G846G5207G1519G5216G2588G2896G5G3962 7Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.G5620G1488G3765G1401G235G5207G1161G1487G5207G2532G2818G2316G1223G5547

Paul’s Concern for the Galatians

8Before you Gentiles knew God, you were slaves to so-called gods that do not even exist.G235G5119G3303G1492G3756G2316G1398G5449G5607G3361G2316 9So now that you know God (or should I say, now that God knows you), why do you want to go back again and become slaves once more to the weak and useless spiritual principles of this world?G1161G3568G1097G2316G1161G3123G1097G5259G2316G4459G1994G3825G1909G772G2532G4434G4747G3739G2309G3825G509G1398 10You are trying to earn favor with God by observing certain days or months or seasons or years.G3906G2250G2532G3376G2532G2540G2532G1763 11I fear for you. Perhaps all my hard work with you was for nothing.G5399G5209G3381G4458G2872G1519G5209G2872G1500 12Dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to live as I do in freedom from these things, for I have become like you Gentiles—free from those laws. You did not mistreat me when I first preached to you.G80G1189G5216G1096G5613G1473G3754G2504G5613G5210G91G3165G3762 13Surely you remember that I was sick when I first brought you the Good News.G1161G1492G3754G1223G769G4561G2097G5213G4386 14But even though my condition tempted you to reject me, you did not despise me or turn me away. No, you took me in and cared for me as though I were an angel from God or even Christ Jesus himself.G2532G3450G3986G1722G3450G4561G1848G3756G3761G1609G235G1209G3165G5613G32G2316G5613G5547G2424 15Where is that joyful and grateful spirit you felt then? I am sure you would have taken out your own eyes and given them to me if it had been possible.G5101G2258G3767G3108G5216G1063G3140G5213G3140G3754G1487G1415G1846G5216G3788G302G1325G3427 16Have I now become your enemy because I am telling you the truth?G1096G5620G1096G5216G2190G226G5213G226 17Those false teachers are so eager to win your favor, but their intentions are not good. They are trying to shut you off from me so that you will pay attention only to them.G2206G5209G3756G2573G235G2309G1576G5209G2443G2206G846 18If someone is eager to do good things for you, that’s all right; but let them do it all the time, not just when I’m with you.G1161G2570G2206G3842G1722G2570G2532G3361G3440G1722G3165G3918G4314G5209 19Oh, my dear children! I feel as if I’m going through labor pains for you again, and they will continue until Christ is fully developed in your lives.G3450G5040G3739G5605G3825G891G3739G5547G3445G1722G5213 20I wish I were with you right now so I could change my tone. But at this distance I don’t know how else to help you.G1161G2309G3918G4314G5209G737G2532G236G3450G5456G3754G639G1722G5213

Abraham’s Two Children

21Tell me, you who want to live under the law, do you know what the law actually says?G3004G3427G2309G1511G5259G3551G191G3756G191G3551 22The Scriptures say that Abraham had two sons, one from his slave wife and one from his freeborn wife.G1063G1125G3754G11G2192G1417G5207G1520G1537G3814G2532G1520G1537G1658 23The son of the slave wife was born in a human attempt to bring about the fulfillment of God’s promise. But the son of the freeborn wife was born as God’s own fulfillment of his promise.G235G3303G1537G3814G1080G2596G4561G1161G1537G1658G1223G1860 24These two women serve as an illustration of God’s two covenants. The first woman, Hagar, represents Mount Sinai where people received the law that enslaved them.G3748G2076G238G1063G3778G1526G1417G1242G3391G3303G575G3735G4614G1080G1519G1397G3748G2076G28 25And now Jerusalem is just like Mount Sinai in Arabia, because she and her children live in slavery to the law.G1063G28G2076G3735G4614G1722G688G1161G4960G2419G3588G3568G1161G1398G3326G846G5043 26But the other woman, Sarah, represents the heavenly Jerusalem. She is the free woman, and she is our mother.G1161G2419G507G2076G1658G3748G2076G3384G2257G3956 27As Isaiah said, “Rejoice, O childless woman, you who have never given birth! Break into a joyful shout, you who have never been in labor! For the desolate woman now has more children than the woman who lives with her husband!”G1063G1125G2165G4723G5088G3756G4486G2532G994G5605G3756G3754G2048G4183G5043G3123G2228G2192G435 28And you, dear brothers and sisters, are children of the promise, just like Isaac.G1161G2249G80G2596G2464G2596G2070G5043G1860 29But you are now being persecuted by those who want you to keep the law, just as Ishmael, the child born by human effort, persecuted Isaac, the child born by the power of the Spirit.G235G5618G5119G1080G2596G4561G1377G2596G4151G2532G3779G3568 30But what do the Scriptures say about that? “Get rid of the slave and her son, for the son of the slave woman will not share the inheritance with the free woman’s son.”G235G5101G3004G1124G1544G3814G2532G846G5207G1063G5207G3814G2816G3364G2816G3326G5207G1658 31So, dear brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman; we are children of the free woman.G686G80G2070G3756G5043G3814G235G1658


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