Children of Promise
Children of Promise
Towards the end of Galatians chapter 4 Paul takes us back to the beginning and provides a refresher course on Abraham and his two sons. Between chapters 15 and 21 of Genesis we find God’s promise to Abraham about the extension of his generation, Sarah’s attempt to take matters into her own hands, birth of two sons and eventually two nations.
The picture below expresses what Paul writes in verses 22 through 28 of Galatians chapter 4. God’s promises to Abraham and Sarah were true. It just wasn’t in their timetable. So Sarah decided to work on it according to her ways. The son Ishmael born to Abraham through Hagar the bondwoman is an example of attempting to fulfill God’s promises through human intellect and will.
Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise. (Galatians 4:28) Isaac however was born to Abraham and Sarah, years later, but according to God’s plan, fulfilling God’s promises. Paul uses this historical incident to reinstate the fact that we are children of God, born again through faith in God’s redemptive work on the cross. We are no longer under the slavery of law and everything the law holds against us, but we are free now. Just like how the son of Hagar, the bondwoman had no place with the son of Sarah the free-woman, we have nothing to do with the ways of slavery anymore. We have been saved by grace and we have to continue to radiate the grace and freedom in Christ.
30 Nevertheless what does the Scripture say? “Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.” 31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman but of the free. Galatians 4:30-31
Today let’s take a moment to enjoy the freedom we have in Christ. Think about the price He had to pay to buy this freedom for you and me! Bask in the joy of this redeemed life 🙂
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