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26 For you are all children[a] of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes.[b] 28 There is no longer Jew or Gentile,[c] slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children[d] of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.

Think of it this way. If a father dies and leaves an inheritance for his young children, those children are not much better off than slaves until they grow up, even though they actually own everything their father had. They have to obey their guardians until they reach whatever age their father set. And that’s the way it was with us before Christ came. We were like children; we were slaves to the basic spiritual principles[e] of this world.

But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.[f] And because we[g] are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.”[h] Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child.[i] And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.


  1. 3:26 Greek sons.
  2. 3:27 Greek have put on Christ.
  3. 3:28 Greek Jew or Greek.
  4. 3:29 Greek seed.
  5. 4:3 Or powers; also in 4:9.
  6. 4:5 Greek sons; also in 4:6.
  7. 4:6a Greek you.
  8. 4:6b Abba is an Aramaic term for “father.”
  9. 4:7 Greek son; also in 4:7b.

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