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Christ has freed us from the servitude of the law. We are the freeborn sons of Abraham.

[1] Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; [2] But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed by the father: [3] So we also, when we were children, were serving under the elements of the world. [4] But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent his Son, made of a woman, made under the law: [5] That he might redeem them who were under the law: that we might receive the adoption of sons.

[3] "Under the elements": That is, under the first rudiments of religion, in which the carnal Jews were trained up; or under those corporeal creatures, used in their manifold rites, sacrifices, and sacraments.

[6] And because you are sons, God hath sent the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying: Abba, Father. [7] Therefore now he is not a servant, but a son. And if a son, an heir also through God. [8] But then indeed, not knowing God, you served them, who, by nature, are not gods. [9] But now, after that you have known God, or rather are known by God: how turn you again to the weak and needy elements, which you desire to serve again? [10] You observe days, and months, and times, and years.

[10] "You observe days": He speaks not of the observation of the Lord's day, or other Christian festivals; but either of the superstitious observation of days lucky and unlucky; or else of the Jewish festivals, to the observance of which, certain Jewish teachers sought to induce the Galatians.

[11] I am afraid of you, lest perhaps I have laboured in vain among you. [12] Be ye as I, because I also am as you: brethren, I beseech you: you have not injured me at all. [13] And you know, how through infirmity of the flesh, I preached the gospel to you heretofore: and your temptation in my flesh, [14] You despised not, nor rejected: but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus. [15] Where is then your blessedness? For I bear you witness, that, if it could be done, you would have plucked out your own eyes, and would have given them to me.

[16] Am I then become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? [17] They are zealous in your regard not well: but they would exclude you, that you might be zealous for them. [18] But be zealous for that which is good in a good thing always: and not only when I am present with you. [19] My little children, of whom I am in labour again, until Christ be formed in you. [20] And I would willingly be present with you now, and change my voice: because I am ashamed for you.

[21] Tell me, you that desire to be under the law, have you not read the law? [22] For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, and the other by a free woman. [23] But he who was of the bondwoman, was born according to the flesh: but he of the free woman, was by promise. [24] Which things are said by an allegory. For these are the two testaments. The one from mount Sina, engendering unto bondage; which is Agar: [25] For Sina is a mountain in Arabia, which hath affinity to that Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.

[26] But that Jerusalem, which is above, is free: which is our mother. [27] For it is written: Rejoice, thou barren, that bearest not: break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for many are the children of the desolate, more than of her that hath a husband. [28] Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. [29] But as then he, that was born according to the flesh, persecuted him that was after the spirit; so also it is now. [30] But 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 free woman.

[31] So then, brethren, we are not the children of the bondwoman, but of the free: by the freedom wherewith Christ has made us free.

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