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,  but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father.  In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world.  But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,  to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.  And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”  So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.
 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods.  But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more? (ESV)
As I drove in to work this morning i heard this first part.. .”an heir is no different from a slave.”
Many thoughts encircled my meditation on this yet the statement remained.. We are no longer enslaved to this world but heirs to Christ. Brothers to the Son of God, Children of the King, Soldiers if you will in the Army of the Lord. Yet still, and HEIR is no different from a slave. So we are “ENSLAVED” to the cross, we are “ENSLAVED” to righteousness, we are “ENSLAVED” to redemption, to obedience, to holiness, to the KINGDOM, to KINGDOM NOW. Are we heirs or are we slaves? Your daily life will answer that question…
Are you repeating the same sins over and over and over even after repentance? Then I’d say you are enslaved to the world. Are you growing, and praying, and reaching out to wisdom of experienced believers? Then I’d say you are a heir to Christ. Yet REMEMBER, an heir is no different from a slave, so you are now BOUND to His righteousness, He has “chained” you to the cross and repentance, He has “ENSLAVED” you to His will. I’ll live in that KINGDOM prison. Yes sir, and humbly think and act in accordance with HIM. Enslaved is surrender, and surrender is power, and power is in the SPIRIT of the Living God.
Chain me to yourself Father, lead me into the prison of your Kingdom and will. BIND me to you ways Father and crucify me to myself and my selfishness. Glorify your name through my life and control my every motive. Enslave me to your Spirit God and take away my rights of this world while sentencing me to your eternal presence. KINGDOM NOW Father, KINGDOM NOW.