You are a child of God—with all the freedoms (“full rights of sons”) that come from being a member of God’s spiritual family.

You are a child of God—with all the freedoms (“full rights of sons”) that come from being a member of God’s spiritual family.

BibleGateway: Galatians 3:26-4:7

ESV Text: Galatians 3:26-4:7

Galatians 3:26–4:7 (Listen)

26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave1 nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.

Sons and Heirs

4:1 I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave,2 though he is the owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles3 of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

Footnotes

[1] 3:28 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface

[2] 4:1 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; also verse 7

[3] 4:3 Or elemental spirits; also verse 9

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26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.(KJV)


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     1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; 2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. 3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: 4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 369 (LSB 562):
All Mankind Fell in Adam’s Fall

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1. All mankind fell in Adam’s fall, 
One common sin infects them all; 
From sire to son the bane descends, 
And over all the curse impends. 

2. Through all man’s powers corruption creeps 
And him in dreadful bondage keeps; 
In guilt he draws his infant breath 
And reaps its fruits of woe and death. 

3. From hearts depraved, to evil prone, 
Flow thoughts and deeds of sin alone; 
God’s image lost, the darkened soul 
Nor seeks nor finds its heavenly goal. 

4. But Christ, the second Adam, came 
To bear our sin and woe and shame, 
To be our Life, our Light, our Way, 
Our only Hope, our only Stay. 

5. As by one man all mankind fell 
And, born in sin, was doomed to hell, 
So by one Man, who took our place, 
We all received the gift of grace. 

6. We thank Thee, Christ; new life is ours, 
New light, new hope, new strength, new powers: 
May grace our every way attend 
Until we reach our journey’s end! 


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