We are all given the opportunity to be children of God, to be given son-status. It was the whole point of Jesus coming.
12 because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.
God had married Israel as His bride (Isaiah 545, Jer. 14:3), but His ultimate goal was to have everyone as sons (with the daughters having the same inheritance as the sons).
Galatians 3:23-4:7 explains God’s plan as children being held in guardianship until such time that the child comes of age and assumes full rights as an adult. It’s not a perfect illustration in that we do not become children of God until we receive the Holy Spirit, but it is an excellent example for explaining the fulfillment of the old covenant by Jesus Christ and the implementation of the New Covenant, which renders the old one inactive, much like the fuel containers on a rocket: when they are used, they disengage from the ship and fall away. Now, only the New Covenant is in full effect. Let’s look at the passage:
23 Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed.
We were subject to our guardian: the Law.
24 So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.
The point of the law was to point us to Jesus. It could never take away sins (Heb. 10:4); only Jesus can do that.
25 Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law.
The supervision under the law is now obsolete.
26 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
We are now heirs of God and co-heirs with Jesus Christ (Romans 8:17) and all are raised to son-status.
29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
This verse points back to the original covenant made with Abraham in Gen. 15. It’s always been about blessing the nations (Gen. 17:3-7).
4:1 What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. 2 He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. 3 So also, when we were children, we were in slavery under the basic principles of the world. 4 But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, 5 to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.
When the time was right for the guardianship of the law to be over and for all mankind (those who receive Him) to be installed as heirs, Jesus came.
6 Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir. Ga 3:23-4:7
WOW! What a promise! May we live in the constant knowledge of our place as sons of the living God and act accordingly. May we enjoy sweet fellowship with our heavenly Father through Jesus by the Holy Spirit!