But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Most featured songs were written in the English language within the last four hundred years or so, because, after all, most church singing in England prior to that time was in Latin. But here is an exception, from a fourth-century writer named Venantius Honorius Clementianus Fortunatus. (It was translated into English in the 1800s.)
Tell how, when at length the fullness
of th’appointed time was come,
Christ, the Word, was born of woman,
left for us the heavenly home,
blazed the path of true obedience,
shone as light amidst the gloom.
And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Several strong songs from this passage are listed below. One of the strongest is Charles Wesley’s “Arise, My Soul, Arise.” Here are its concluding verses:
The Father hears him pray,
His dear anointed one;
He cannot turn away
The presence of his Son:
His Spirit answers to the blood,
And tells me I am born of God.
To God I’m reconciled,
His pardoning voice I hear:
He owns me for his child,
I can no longer fear:
With confidence I now draw nigh,
And Father, Abba Father! cry.
We Cannot Be The Heirs of Grace (Galatians 4:1-7)
As the Galatians vainly dream’d (Galatians 4:21-31)
Adopted Son (Galatians 4:5)
John Cox | Popularized by The Brothers