We were under the Law till Christ came, as the heir is under his guardian till he be of age.
Galatians 4:1 And I say that the heyre as longe as he is a chylde, differeth not from a seruaunt thoughe he be Lorde of all, Galatians 4:2 but is vnder tutours and gouernours, vntyll the tyme appoynted of the father. Galatians 4:3 Euen so we as longe as we were chyldren, were in bondage vnder the ordinaunces of the world. Galatians 4:4 But when the tyme was full come, God sente hys sonne made of a woman, and made bonde vnto the lawe,
But Christ freed us from the Law:
Galatians 4:5 to redeme them which were vnder the lawe: that we thorowe eleccyon myght receyue the enheritaunce that belongeth vnto the naturall sonnes. Galatians 4:6 Because ye are sonnes, God hath sent the spyryte of hys sonne into our hertes, whiche cryeth Abba father.
therefore we are servants no longer to it.
Galatians 4:7 Wherfore now thou art not a seruaunt but a sonne. Yf thou be the sonne, thou arte also the heyre of God thorowe Christe. Galatians 4:8 Notwithstandynge when ye knewe not God ye dyd seruyce vnto them, which by nature were no Goddes. Galatians 4:9 But nowe seynge, ye knowe God (yea rather are knowen of God) how is it that ye turne agayne to the weake & beggerly ceremonies, wherevnto agayne ye desyre a freshe to be in bondage? Galatians 4:10 Ye obserue dayes, and monethes, and tymes, and yeares. Galatians 4:11 I am in feare of you lest I haue bestowed on you laboure in vayne. Galatians 4:12 Brethren I beseche you, be ye as I am, for I am as ye are. Ye haue not hurte me at all. Galatians 4:13 Ye knowe howe thorowe infyrmytye of the fleshe, I preached the Gospell vnto you at the fyrste.
He remembereth their good will to him, and his to them,
Galatians 4:14 And my temptacion whiche I suffered by reason of my flesh, ye dispysed not, neyther abhorred, but receyued me as an Angell of God: yea as Christe Iesu. Galatians 4:15 How happye were ye then? for I beare you recorde that yf it had bene possyble, ye woulde haue plucked oute youre owne eyes, and haue geuen them to me. Galatians 4:16 Am I therfore become your enemye, because I tell you the truth? Galatians 4:17 They are gelous ouer you amysse. Yea, they intende to exclude you, that ye should be feruent to them ward. Galatians 4:18 It is good alwayes to be feruent, so it be in a good thinge, and not onelye when I am presente with you. Galatians 4:19 My lytle chyldren (of whome I trauayle in byrth agayne vntyll Christe be fashyoned in you) Galatians 4:20 I woulde I were with you now, and coulde chaunge my voyce, for I stande in a doubte of you. Galatians 4:21 Tell me ye that desyre to be vnder the law haue ye not heard of the law?
and sheweth that we are the sons of Abraham by the freewoman.
Galatians 4:22 For it is writen, that Abraham had two sonnes, the one by a bonde mayd the other by a fre woman. Galatians 4:23 Yea and he whiche was of the bond woman, was borne after the fleshe: but he whiche was of þe fre woman, was borne by promes. Galatians 4:24 Whiche thynges betoken misterye. For these women are two testamentes the one from the mounte Syna, whiche gendreth to bondage whiche is Agar. Galatians 4:25 For mounte Syna is called Agar in Arabia, and bordreth vpon the citie, which is nowe Hierusalem, and is in bondage with her chyldren. Galatians 4:26 But Hierusalem, whiche is aboue, is fre, whiche is the mother of vs all. Galatians 4:27 For it is written: Reioyce thou baren, that bearest no chyldren: breake forth and crye, thou that trauaylest not. For the desolate hath many more children then she whiche hath an husband. Galatians 4:28 Brethren we are after the maner of Isaac children of promes. Galatians 4:29 But as then he that was borne carnally, persecuted him that was borne spirytuallye. Euen so is it nowe. Galatians 4:30 Neuerthelesse what sayth the scripture: put awaye the bond woman and her sonne. For the sonne of þe bond woman shall not be heyre with the sonne of þe fre woman. Galatians 4:31 So then brethren we are not chyldren of the bonde woman, but of the fre woman.