Placed as a Son
Sonship refers to a position within the family.
Now I say, as long as the heir is an inarticulate babbler he does not differ from the servants, being master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the set time from the Father, Galatians 4:1,2
An Inarticulate Babbler
An inarticulate babbler is a description used by Scripture for those who are not mature. It is one who speaks, but does not understand what they speak about. Although typically this is a small child, it is also used of fully grown adults who have not matured in their thinking and understanding.
Both Male and Female are Sons
Sonship is not referring to gender – both male and female are placed into the body of The Christ as Sons.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female. For all of you are one in Christ Jesus, Galatians 3:28
Being placed as a son means you are no longer treated as one who need to be under governors and tutors who constantly restrict your daily actions. In Galatians 3:24 this is equated with living under the Mosaic Law. It garrisoned around the Jew who lived under it, ensuring they live by it or faced death.
Christians are not under any quality of law because in salvation we are given everything we need to mature and act as sons so we do not need law. When you are living out your Christian life you will not do anything that is contrary to law because that would be contrary to who you are in Christ. As mature son we have no need to be under law because our actions will not be of the type that would violate any type of law.
The word for “marked off bounds” comes from a Greek word meaning horizon – where the bounds of the earth are marked off from the sky. The word does not mean to predestine, there are perfectly good Greek words that carry this meaning, but rather to put boundaries around something. Therefore, God did not predestine us; rather, He marked off our bounds to be placed as sons, which means we will always be in a place of privilege with Him as His mature children.
Places as a Son is a combination of the word “son” and “to place”. It does not have the same meaning as the English word “adoption” and it is not a word used in the Greek language of a child brought into the family that is not born from the father and mother; rather, it is used for when a child is placed in a position that is over the household. In the Roman culture a child was under tutors and governors until the father determined the child was mature enough to handle managing the household. At that time, the child was placed as a son, now over the very governs and tutors that were assigned to care for and teach him while he matured. (Galatians 4:1-3). Romans 8:15, 23; 9:4; Galatians 4:5. As saints, we are not adopted children into God’s family, we are legitimate child in whom God’s seed dwells. 1 John 3:2 we are now children (born ones) of God. 1 John 3:9 His seed abides in us.
God deals with us as children and will child-train and scourge us if we get out of line. We do not live under law, but that does not mean we have no standard for living.
And you are in a state of having forgotten the exhortation which is to you as sons, it disputes, “My son, do not regard lightly child training from [the] Lord, nor grow weary by His reproach.” For whom [the] Lord loves, He child trains, and He scourges every son who He receives. You endure because of child training God bring as sons to you. For who is a son whom a father does not child train? But if, assuming it is true, we are without child training, of which all have become partners, then we are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, indeed we have the fathers according to the flesh, child trainers and we respected. Will we not be more put in subjection to the Father of the spirits, and we will live? For indeed those ones child trained us facing a few days according to their approval, but the [God] upon the basis to bring us together for the purpose of the receiving of His holiness. And all child training facing, on the one hand, at the moment is not esteemed to be joyful, but grief; on the other hand, later to the ones through it having been training it rewards peaceable fruit of righteousness. Hebrews 12:5-11
Legitimate Children of God
No adoption here! We are the real thing.
Born from Above
Jesus answered and said to him, ” Truly, truly I say to you, except someones is born from above he is not able to see with discernment the Kingdom of God, John 3:3
in a state of having been born again not out from corrupt seed, but incorruptible, through a word from the living and abiding God, 1 Peter 1:23
His seed is in us
Everyone born out from God does not habitually sin because His seed remains in him and he is not able to sin because he is born out from God, 1 John 3:9
All who practice righteousness are born from God
if you intuitively know that He is righteous, you experientially know that everyone doing the righteousness is born out from Him, 1 John 2:29