Sons and Heirs
Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all,
but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father.
Even so we, when we were children, a were in bondage under the elements of the world.
But b when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, c born d of a woman, e born under the law,
f to redeem those who were under the law, g that we might receive the adoption as sons.
And because you are sons, God has sent forth h the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!"
Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, i and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage?
Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.
Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations -
For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.
Concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation.
The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
Concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh.
For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh.
But made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.
And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
And did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name JESUS.
Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called JESUS, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.
So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law.
"just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree").
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
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And if children, then heirs - heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.