My daughter, Aphrodite, gave birth to a daughter, Allayah, yesterday. I am a new grand-dad.
I gave birth to a new idea today. I figured out the meaning of a really confusing passage in the Biblical work “Galatians” –4:4. = The passage is only confusing because people think that the writer is referencing the gospel character Jesus Christ or some mystical God. When we read the text and forget the assumptions, the meaning becomes clear.
Shades of Frege, the Morning star is the Evening Star. Wittgenstein was right : Nothing is hidden.
By George, I’ve got it. Hallelujah and yippee Kay-yay
4But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.
The phrase “his son” does not refer to Jesus Christ. The word “son” refers to the children of Abraham.
Follow the yellow brick road:
Galatians 3:16Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. [b]It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ. [/b]
The offspring of Abraham is Christ.
Gal.3:25But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Through faith and baptism, you have become Christ, il.e. the children of Abraham.
4:1I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave,a though he is the owner of everything, 2but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. 3In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principlesb of the world. 4But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.
Christ is the offspring of Abraham. The offspring of Abraham is the offspring of God. God has sent forth his son (the offspring of Abraham who have only been heirs under the guardianship of the law until the fulness of time.) The Jews were heirs but under the law, they were no better than slaves. Now because you Galatians have faith in God, you have become adopted as children of God. You are no longer slaves, you too are the sons of God and an heir.
In other words, the jews were heirs, but heirs when they are children are no better than slaves. Now the time has come when God had sent forth the heirs (children like slaves while under the law). They are his sons. Those who adopt the Jewish faith (but not the law) are also sons of God.
The words “his son, son of women, born under the law,” is a reference to the Jewish offspring of Abraham, living in Paul’s time. It does not refer to a God or a specific man.