Children of God (continued)
4:1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a
child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord
4:2 But is under tutors and governors until the time
appointed of the father.
4:3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage
under the elements of the world:
4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent
forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might
receive the adoption of sons.
4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit
of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
4:7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if
a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
Paulís Concern for the
4:8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto
them which by nature are no gods.
4:9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are
known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly
elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
4:10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.
4:11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you
labour in vain.
4:12 Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am; for I am as ye
are: ye have not injured me at all.
4:13 Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached
the gospel unto you at the first.
4:14 And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised
not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even
as Christ Jesus.
4:15 Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear
you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have
plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me.
4:16 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you
4:17 They zealously affect you, but not well; yea, they
would exclude you, that ye might affect them.
4:18 But it is good to be zealously affected always in a
good thing, and not only when I am present with you.
4:19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again
until Christ be formed in you,
4:20 I desire to be present with you now, and to change my
voice; for I stand in doubt of you.
Hagar and Sarah
4:21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not
hear the law?
4:22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one
by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
4:23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the
flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
4:24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two
covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to
bondage, which is Agar.
4:25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth
to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her
4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the
mother of us all.
4:27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest
not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the
desolate hath many more children than she which hath an
4:28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of
4:29 But as then he that was born after the flesh
persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is
4:30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the
bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall
not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
4:31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the
bondwoman, but of the free.