His son by the slave woman was born according to the flesh, but his son by the free woman was born because of the promise.
Cross ReferencesGenesis 17:16
And I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will descend from her."
Then the LORD said, "I will surely return to you at this time next year, and your wife Sarah will have a son!" Now Sarah was behind him, listening at the entrance to the tent.
Now the LORD attended to Sarah as He had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what He had promised.
Nor because they are Abraham's descendants are they all his children. On the contrary, "Through Isaac your offspring will be reckoned."
For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman.
Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of the promise.
At that time, however, the son born by the flesh persecuted the son born by the Spirit. It is the same now.
By faith Sarah, even though she was barren and beyond the opportune age, was enabled to conceive a child, because she considered Him faithful who had promised.
Chapter Outline1. We were under the law till Christ came, as the heir is under the guardian till he be of age.
5. But Christ freed us from the law;
7. therefore we are servants no longer to it.
14. Paul remembers the Galatians' good will to him, and his to them;
22. and shows that we are the sons of Abraham by the freewoman.
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