The New King James Version

Galatians 4:1–9

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4 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, awere in bondage under the elements of the world. But bwhen the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, cborn 1 dof a woman, eborn under the law, fto redeem those who were under the law, gthat we might receive the adoption as sons.

And because you are sons, God has sent forth hthe Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, 2“Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, iand if a son, then an heir 3of God 4through Christ.

Fears for the Church

But then, indeed, jwhen you did not know God, kyou served those which by nature are not gods. But now lafter you have known God, or rather are known by God, mhow is it that you turn again to nthe weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage?

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