THE EPISTLE OF PAUL
3. The Spirit of Sonship
Replacing the Custody of the Law
1 But I say, As long as the aheir is a 1child, he does not differ at all from a bslave, though he is lord of all;
2 But he is aunder 1bguardians and cstewards until the 2dtime appointed by the father.
3 So also we, when we were children, were kept in aslavery under the 1belements of the world;
4 But when the 1fullness of the atime came, God bsent forth His cSon, born of a 2dwoman, born under 3elaw,
5 That He might 1aredeem those under law that we might receive the 2bsonship.
6 And because you are asons, God has bsent forth the 1cSpirit of His Son into our 2hearts, 3crying, 4dAbba, Father!
7 So then you are 1no longer a aslave but a son; and if a 2son, an 3bheir also 4through God.
4. Christ Needing to Be Formed
in the Heirs of Promise
8 However at that time, anot knowing God, you were bslaves to the cgods which by 1nature are not gods;
9 But now, having come to aknow God, or rather having been bknown by God, how is it that you turn again to the cweak and poor delements, to which you desire to 1be eenslaved yet again?
10 You observe 1adays and 2months and 3seasons and 4years;
11 I fear for you, alest I have labored upon you in 1vain.
12 Become 1as I am, because I also am 2as you are, brothers, I beseech you; you have 3not wronged me at all.
13 And you know that 1because of weakness of my flesh I aannounced the gospel to you the first time.
14 And that which was a trial to you in my flesh you did not despise nor 1loathe, but you areceived me as an bangel of God, indeed as Christ Jesus.
15 Where then is 1your felicitation? For I testify concerning you that if possible you would have plucked out your 2eyes and given them to me.
16 So then have I become your enemy by presenting the atruth to you?
17 They are 1azealous of you, but 2not rightly; but they desire to 3shut you out that you may be 4zealous of them.
18 But it is always good to be zealous in a good thing, and 1not only awhen I am present with you.
19 My 1achildren, with whom I 2btravail again in birth until 3cChrist is 4formed din you,
20 Indeed, I wish I could be present with you now and 1change my 2tone because I am 3perplexed about you.
5. The Children Born according to the Spirit
versus the Children Born according to the Flesh
21 1Tell me, you who desire to be 2aunder the law, do you not hear the 3law?
22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, aone of the bmaidservant and cone of the dfree woman.
23 However the one of the maidservant was born 1according to the aflesh, but the one of the free woman was born 1through bpromise.
24 These things are spoken allegorically, for 1these women are 2two acovenants, one from 3bMount Sinai, bringing forth children unto 4cslavery, which is 5dHagar.
25 Now this Hagar is Sinai the mountain in aArabia and corresponds to the 1bJerusalem which now is, for she 2is in 3cslavery with her children.
26 But the 1aJerusalem above is free, which is our mother;
27 For it is written, a"Rejoice, barren one who does not bear; break forth and shout, you who are not travailing, because 1many are the children of her who is 2desolate rather than of her who has her husband.''
28 But you, brothers, in the way aIsaac was, are 1children of bpromise.
29 But just as at that time he who was born 1according to the aflesh 2bpersecuted him who was born 1according to the 3cSpirit, dso 4also it is now.
30 But what does the Scripture say? a"Cast out the bmaidservant and her son, for the 1son of the maidservant shall by cno means inherit with the 2son of the dfree woman.''
31 So then, brothers, we are 1not children of the maidservant but aof the free woman.