Galatians 4:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Galatians 4:7, NIV: So you are no longer a slave, but God's child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.

Galatians 4:7, ESV: So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

Galatians 4:7, KJV: Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

Galatians 4:7, NASB: Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.

Galatians 4:7, NLT: Now you are no longer a slave but God's own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.

Galatians 4:7, CSB: So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then God has made you an heir.

What does Galatians 4:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Prior verses used the analogy of an heir being under the control of other people, until they reached an appointed time. Then, their inheritance would take effect, and they would truly be free. Building on that idea, Paul assures his Galatian readers, and us along with them. For those who have come to God by faith in Christ, their slavery to sin and to the law is over. They have become God's beloved little children. And, as children of God, they are also His heirs. Because they are in Christ, they are entitled to share in all the inheritance that is due to Him from God the Father.

As a result, believers in Christ are completely provided for throughout all of eternity. We are protected and loved and included in the plans and purpose of our God. Without Christ, we would have nothing. Because we are in Him by faith, we have everything a child of God can have.