EPISTLE Galatians 3:23—4:7
23Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law,
imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. 24So then, the
law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be
justified by faith. 25But now that faith has come, we are no longer
under a guardian, 26for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God,
through faith. 27For as many of you as were baptized into Christ
have put on Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither
slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one
in Christ Jesus. 29And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s
offspring, heirs according to promise.
1I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a
slave, though he is the owner of everything, 2but he is under
guardians and managers until the date set by his father. 3In the
same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the
elementary principles of the world. 4But when the fullness of time
had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the
law, 5to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might
receive adoption as sons. 6And because you are sons, God has sent
the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7So you
are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through
A This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.