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Galatians 4 - NIV

1 What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate.

2 The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father.

3 So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces[a] of the world.

4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law,

5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.[b]

6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba ,[c] Father.”

7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.

Paul’s Concern for the Galatians

8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods.

9 But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces[d] ? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?

10 You are observing special days and months and seasons and years!

11 I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.


a. Galatians 4:3 Or under the basic principles
b. Galatians 4:5 The Greek word for adoption to sonship is a legal term referring to the full legal standing of an adopted male heir in Roman culture.
c. Galatians 4:6 Aramaic for Father
d. Galatians 4:9 Or principles

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Shared by: Andre King on Dec, 2016
Summary: The Gospels show many illustrations of Jesus. Which did He consider to be the most important?
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The Jesus You Need
Shared by: Andre King on Dec, 2016
Summary: While the Baby Jesus of Christmas is important, Jesus pointed to another time in His Life as necessary for the benefit of man
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Peace On Earth
Shared by: Jeff Strite on Dec, 2016
Summary: Jesus was born to bring us peace - that's what Isaiah declared and angels sang. But what does that mean? What kind of peace did Jesus come to give me, and how can I receive it?
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The Sum Total of the Christmas Message
Shared by: Dennis Lee on Dec, 2016
Summary: This sermon looks at the entirety of the Christmas message from the book of Galatians through a series of questions and answers. We look at when Jesus' birth occur, what God did, how and why Jesus came, and the overall purpose.
Scripture: Galatians 4:4-7
Denomination: Foursquare
Views: 110
Jeff Strite avatar
The Gift of Forgiveness
Shared by: Jeff Strite on Dec, 2016
Summary: The angel said that Jesus had come to forgive us of our sins... but why would the story of a baby be important to the Gospel message. What is there about a baby that would figure into God offering us forgiveness?
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Freedom's Maturity
Shared by: C. Philip Green on Nov, 2016
Summary: You are adult sons of God, so don’t behave like children; behave like the adult sons you are.
Series: Freedom!
Scripture: Galatians 4:1-11
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 42
Chuck Brooks avatar
Jesus Christ, Space Invader
Shared by: Chuck Brooks on Mar, 2016
Summary: God the Son invaded time and space and took on our humanity. God the Creator of the galaxies, came down through forty and two generations and as someone has said, “put on a robe of flesh” becoming just like us yet without sin.
David Radcliff avatar
Shared by: David Radcliff on Mar, 2016
Summary: Promise of a Messiah.
Scripture: Galatians 4:4-7
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 75
Charl Swart avatar
Shared by: Charl Swart on Dec, 2015
Summary: What significance can we deduce from the timing of the birth of Jesus Christ. Are there any lessons that we can learn from it? Is it relevant to us today? And the big question: "Why did Jesus come to earth at the time He came to earth?
Brad Beaman avatar
The Gospel: Preaching with Compassion
Shared by: Brad Beaman on Nov, 2015
Summary: The Galatians responded to the gospel, grew in their faith and had a close relationship with Paul. For some unknown reason after receiving their freedom in Christ they took a turn back to bondage. They started following the regulations of the law.
Series: Galatians
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The Gospel: Rights of Sonship
Shared by: Brad Beaman on Nov, 2015
Summary: The passage of Galatians 3:26-4:7 is about Sonship. We find here about the tremendous privilege of Sonship that comes with faith in Christ. We became Sons of God when we trusted Christ as savior. We actually become a child of the king.
Series: Galatians
T.J. Conwell avatar
Do we follow God?
Shared by: T.J. Conwell on Sep, 2015
Summary: We ought to be able to show the world Who we serve by our actions and our words. Therefore, how we live our lives for Christ must be focused on Him, always.
Series: Galatians
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Shared by: T.J. Conwell on Sep, 2015
Summary: We are no longer slaves to the world; but heirs with fully to submitted to Christ. It is in this knowledge that our actions must be focused and guided daily as we lead others to Him.
Series: Galatians
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Is This the Fullness of Time?
Shared by: Paul Barreca on Aug, 2015
Summary: There were signs to point us to the moment of Christ’s First Coming. There are also signs to point us to the moment of his Second Coming.
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Adopted and Clothed Heirs Galatians 3:25-4:7
Shared by: Nicole Rowan on Jun, 2015
Summary: We are adopted and clothed heirs of Jesus. A look at Galatians 3:25-4:7
Series: Galatians
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Scripture: Galatians 3:25-4:7
Denomination: Christian Church
Views: 1,426
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Shared by: Rodney Johnson on Apr, 2015
Summary: This is Part 5 and concludes the series. This message focuses on how Jesus was in the beginning and why He is the only one to take us from being slaves to sons and daughters and therefor heirs.
Series: Why Jesus
Scripture: Galatians 4:1-7
Views: 310
Jeffrey  Sims avatar
When The Time Comes
Shared by: Jeffrey Sims on Dec, 2014
Summary: We are just slaves to Satan but when the time comes for us to accept Christ we become adopted children of God
Scripture: Galatians 4:4-7
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 375
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What You Didn't Get for Christmas
Shared by: Charles Newman on Dec, 2014
Summary: In the days following Christmas, many will have conversations about what you got for Christmas. Some stories will be grand, some not so much. Gift categories: gifts that need to go back, gifts that you store/cherish, gifts that you use.
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The Entire Christmas Story in One Verse
Shared by: Scott Spencer on Dec, 2014
Summary: The entire Christmas story in one verse. (Well, technically two verses covering one sentence.) Though it does not mention shepherds or wise-men or inns or stables, it is nonetheless profound and compelling.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Galatians 4:4-5
Denomination: Calvary Chapel
Views: 362
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The Fullness of Time.
Shared by: Gordon McCulloch on Nov, 2014
Summary: Summary: As a New Year starts, where has all the time gone, but more importantly what is in front of us. Can the simple dates of the Lords birth give us hope. Let us see!
Scripture: Galatians 4:4-7
Denomination: Episcopal
Views: 560
Kevin L. Jones avatar
One Dysfunctional Faith Family
Shared by: Kevin L. Jones on Oct, 2014
Summary: Examining the sometimes dysfunctional relationships in a church or (faith family)
Series: Galatians
based on 5 ratings
Scripture: Galatians 4:8-20
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 6,588
Kevin L. Jones avatar
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Shared by: Kevin L. Jones on Oct, 2014
Summary: A sermon examining our new life in Christ and the joys of being adopted into the household of God.
Series: Galatians
based on 6 ratings
Scripture: Galatians 3:26-4:7
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 9,640
Mark Schaeufele avatar
Keep Pressing On
Shared by: Mark Schaeufele on Aug, 2014
Summary: We must always keep pressing on with Jesus.
Scripture: Galatians 4:8-20
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 2,083
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The Incredible Journey Of Grace
Shared by: Mark Schaeufele on Aug, 2014
Summary: The grace of Christ takes us from slaves to sin to heirs of the Kingdom.
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Shared by: J Jeffrey Smead on Jul, 2014
Summary: We are not just servants, we are not just friends. We are much more. The Scriptures are clear. We children of God Himself. Welcome to the Family.
based on 38 ratings
Denomination: Anglican
Views: 22,871
Robert Leroe avatar
Slave or Son?
Shared by: Robert Leroe on Jun, 2014
Summary: Do we embrace the status of slaves or sons? Our relationship to God gives us the courage to take a stand for truth.
Scripture: Galatians 4:1-20
Denomination: Congregational
Views: 776
David Leach avatar
Do you think and speak as a slave of sin, or as a son made free?
Shared by: David Leach on Jun, 2014
Summary: Christians still living as slaves of sin and not living as freed sons of God
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Marijuana Use: Willingly Walking Into Bondage
Shared by: Terry Frazier on Feb, 2014
Summary: What's really behind the movement in America to legalize marijuana? Why do we want to sanction people being put into bondage to a substance and in a broader sense sin? This is very troubling as Christians seem to be having a hard time standing against sin
Scripture: Galatians 4:9-11
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,099