Galatians 4:1 I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything,
A child that is under age of manhood, has no more rights that a slave, a child is not to His own disposal just as a slave, the child cannot do as He pleases, just as the slave. The child is keep under restraint, just as the slave. The child is force to schooling and business, the slave is forced to learn under a taskmaster. The child receives punishment and is subject to discipline , just as the slave. He has no free rights to His Father estate, nor the slave. The child is heir to the whole estate his father left him, of which he is Lord in right, but not in possession; he is right heir to it, though as yet it is not in his hands, nor can he do with it as he will. This illustrate what he had said of the law’s being a schoolmaster to the Jews until the coming of Christ, he proposes the case of an heir during his minority, till he come to the proper time of manhood of enjoying his estate. For the Jew their manhood arrived with the coming of the Promise (Christ) Now the gentile though not a Blood heirs as the Jews were, in Christ through Faith we become joint heirs of the promises.
Gregory Lane (07/25/2013)