Galatians 4:21-23, 28-31
Tell me, you who want to be under the law, are you not aware of what the law says? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman. His son by the slave woman was born in the ordinary way; but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a promise… Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise. At that time the son born in the ordinary way persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now. But what does the Scripture say? “Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman’s son.” Therefore, brothers, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman.

As I continue to seek God through His word, I realize that every word written is worth it’s weight in gold because of how it reflects the character and nature of God. Quoted in verse 30 are words spoken by Sarah in anger when her son Isaac was being mocked by Hagar’s son (Born of Abraham) and even though it sounded crude at that time, God told Abraham to comply because it was through Isaac that Abraham’s offspring would be established. Isaac was born because of God’s promise to Abraham and Sarah whereas Ishmael was born because they decided to take matters into their own hands. While all of this might be good and true, what does it have to do with us today who cannot draw any direct lineage to Abraham and are being called free?

I was born an Indian national and it might seem strange to some that I was saved by the grace of God in India because it is not in any way connected to Israel. God calls the Israelites His people and I call myself a Christian but I’m not Israelite and is there a problem? Our rebirth or the experience of being born again is not a physical one but spiritual and baptism is the physical act of obedience we follow to understand this transformation. When we submit our lives to Jesus Christ, God enters us through His Holy Spirit, cleanses (sanctifies) us of our sins, transforms our hearts and minds to be able to communicate with Him, and calls us His own which makes us Abraham’s offspring. We are not slaves to the law anymore but are now reborn free in Christ who conquered sin and death and gave us life eternal with Him and God the father. Are you still a child of slavery or the child of a promise?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Galatians 5:1 It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

Comments
  1. blesseddad says:

    Great encouragement Vineet,
    I have often wondered at that subconsciously, being born in America, not Jewish, yet knowing that God’s chosen people will always be the Jews. The promise is for Jew and Gentile though, and that is my justification, His covenant with us. Thanks Brother
    Jim

    • ServantBoy says:

      Jim, I also thought much about why we are 2nd class citizens in God’s kingdom and let that ruin my mind but then God showed me that my salvation was my 1st class ticket to eternity with Him and He cared enough for me to love me with His life which far overshadows who is 1st and last. When I read this passage and saw Paul’s comments about us being spiritual Jews, it made so much sense that in God’s eyes, we are His chosen ones, not by race or color or lineage but by His choosing!! Blessings to you and yours, Vineet

  2. I love that we can be from anywhere and be of Abraham. That’s what our Jesus does. 🙂 I also know a Jewish believer and love to read what she shares from her perspective in Jerusalem! God bless you! deb

    • ServantBoy says:

      Debbie, Yes, is it not wonderful that we are God’s own people and we can extend this privilege to anyone who would like to be a part of this eternal family? It would be interesting to hear what your friend has to say about Jesus from her perspective as a Jew. Blessings, Vineet

  3. springsinthedesert says:

    Vineet,

    This is one of my favourite verses from the Bible…A son born by promise…and another born natural…It has tremendous meaning attached to it…Jew being God’s chosen people…He was kind enough to save us…Gentiles…and make us His own…And its a previlege to share the inheritance of God’s Kingdom with His chosen people…

    Blessings,
    Rani John

    • ServantBoy says:

      Rani, Thank you for your well thought out comment. Yes, knowing that we are born of a promise of God rather than just a human one is such a privilege and joy to us. What a joy it would be to see everyone around us sharing in the same privilege!! Blessings to you and your family, Vineet

  4. Vineet . . .this beautiful Jewish believer doesn’t blog, but e-mails me. Her heart is for her nation Israel as well as for Him. I will see if it’s okay to share some of her writings with you and everyone . . .maybe she could be a guest on my blog! God bless you!

  5. […] Genesis 16:2,4-9,13-15 So Sarai said to Abram, “Now behold, the LORD has prevented me from bearing children. Please go in to my maid; perhaps I will obtain children through her.” And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai… He went in to Hagar, and she conceived; and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her sight. And Sarai said to Abram, “May the wrong done me be upon you. I gave my maid into your arms, but when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her sight. May the LORD judge between you and me.” But Abram said to Sarai, “Behold, your maid is in your power; do to her what is good in your sight.” So Sarai treated her harshly, and she fled from her presence. Now the angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur. He said, “Hagar, Sarai’s maid, where have you come from and where are you going?” And she said, “I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai.” Then the angel of the LORD said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit yourself to her authority”… Then she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, “You are a God who sees”; for she said, “Have I even remained alive here after seeing Him?” Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered. So Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram called the name of his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael. […]

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