“Freedom From Our Minority” ( Galatians 4: 4-5, NEB ) by Carley Evans

Paul writes of a minor being under the guardianship or tutelage of a trustee “until the date fixed by his father.” (Galatians 4:2) Until that date, “the heir” “is no better off than a slave, even though the whole estate is his.” (Galatians 4:1)


Then Paul announces, “And so it was with us.” (Galatians 4:3) Paul says that like the minor heir, we were under the control of “the elemental spirits of the universe” until “God sent His own Son” “to purchase freedom” for us. (Galatians 4:4, 5) God’s Son, Jesus is “born of a woman, born under the law” so that He is able to set us free from “our minority” “in order that we might attain the status as sons.” (Galatians 4:4,5) We are set free from the law of sin and death, having “put on Christ as a garment.” (Galatians 3:27)


If we are sons clothed in Christ, says Paul, “then [we are] also by God’s own act [heirs].” (Galatians 4:7)


“Now that [God] acknowledges [us] — how can [we] turn back to the mean and beggarly spirits of the elements? Why do [we] propose to enter into their service all over again?” asks Paul. (Galatians 4:9,10)


Paul continues, “You who are so anxious to be under law, will you not listen to what the Law says?” (Galatians 4:21) He goes on to discuss in great detail the difference between the two sons of Abraham, “one by his slave and the other by his free-born wife.” (Galatians 4:22-23) We are of “the heavenly Jerusalem” which is “the free woman; she is our mother.” (Galatians 4: 26) We are “children of God‘s promise.” (Galatians 4:28) “Christ sets us free, to be free men. Stand firm, then, and refuse to be tied to the yoke of slavery again.” (Galatians 5:1)

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