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Now I say, that the heire, as long as hee is a child, differeth nothing from a seruant, though hee bee Lord of all,
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But is vnder tutors and gouernours vntill the time appointed of the father.
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Euen so we, when wee were children, were in bondage vnder the Elements of the world:
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But when the fulnes of the time was come, God sent foorth his Sonne made of a woman, made vnder the Law,
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To redeeme them that were vnder the Law, that we might receiue the adoption of sonnes.
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And because yee are sonnes, God hath sent foorth the spirit of his Sonne into your hearts, crying Abba, Father.
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Wherefore thou art no more a seruant, but a sonne;
and if a sonne, then an heire of God through Christ.
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Howbeit, then when ye knew not God, yee did seruice vnto them which by nature are no Gods.
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But now after that yee haue knowen God, or rather are knowen of God, how turne ye againe to the weak and beggerly Elements, whereunto ye desire againe to be in bondage?
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Yee obserue dayes, and moneths, and times, and yeeres.
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I am afraide of you, lest I haue bestowed vpon you labour in vaine.
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Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am;
for I am as ye are, ye haue not iniured me at all.
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Ye know how through infirmitie of the flesh, I preached the Gospel vnto you at the first.
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And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor reiected, but receiued mee as an Angel of God, euen as Christ Iesus.
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Where is then the blessednes you spake of?
for I beare you record, that if it had bin possible, ye would haue plucked out your own eyes, and haue giuen them to me.
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Am I therefore become your enemie, because I tell you the trueth?
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They zelously affect you, but not well: yea, they would exclude you, that you might affect them.
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But it is good to bee zealously affected alwayes in a good thing, and not onely when I am present with you.
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My litle children, of whom I trauaile in birth againe, vntill Christ bee formed in you:
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I desire to bee present with you now, and to change my voyce, for I stand in doubt of you.
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Tell me, ye that desire to be vnder the Law, doe ye not heare the Law?
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For it is written, that Abraham had two sonnes, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
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But he who was of the bondwoman, was borne after the flesh: but hee of the freewoman, was by promise.
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Which things are an Allegorie;
for these are the two Couenants;
the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
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For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Ierusalem, which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
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But Ierusalem which is aboue is free, which is the mother of vs all.
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For it is written, Reioyce thou barren that bearest not, breake foorth and cry thou that traueilest not;
for the desolate hath many moe children then she which hath an husband.
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Now wee, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
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But as then hee that was borne after the flesh, persecuted him that was borne after the Spirit, euen so it is now.
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Neuerthelesse, what saith the Scripture?
Cast out the bondwoman and her sonne: for the son of the bondwoman shall not bee heire with the son of the freewoman.
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So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.