What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate.
Thoughts for Today:In our passage today, Paul provides a human illustration to demonstrate the spiritual immaturity people experience when they are under the Law. He says that being under the Law is really no different than being a slave, versus faith in Christ, which brings us into a position as full-grown sons and daughters.
Unfortunately, many Christians have never graduated into the sonship that Paul will describe. They still serve God with an Old Testament Law type of mentality. Unfortunately, God is not pleased by any efforts to keep the Law. Why? Because it is by nature oppressive -- in the same way as slavery. The truth is that sonship has been provided to all believers freely through Jesus. (Ephesians 4:5: "He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.")
Questions to Ponder:Are you underage and immature? Have you grown to full maturity? How do you think self-imposed rules and regulations have impacted your spiritual walk? Have you been trying to keep your own set of laws? What happens if you fail to keep one?