Hi, the pastor today preached on Galatians 4:1-31 which say, ”
Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not listen to the law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave woman and one by a free woman. But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, while the son of the free woman was born through promise. Now this may be interpreted allegorically: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar. Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. but the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. For it is written, “Rejoice, O barren one who does not bear; break forth and cry aloud, you who are not in labor! For the children of the desolate one will be more than those of the one who has a husband.” Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise. But just as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so also it is now. But what does the Scripture say? “Cast out the slave woman and her son, for the son of the slave woman shall not inherit with the son of the free woman.” So, brothers, we are not children of the slave but of the free woman.
The pastor talked about Hagar and Sarah. And he had 3 points, here are the points:
1: We are like Isaac, Isaac was born from a dead womb, us and Isaac were brought to life divinely.
2: Legalist will always persecute christians just like how Isaac was mocked and persecuted by Ishmael.
3: We need to purge all form of legalism from our lives.
The first point (we are like Isaac) means that we are like Isaac spiritually. Isaac was divinely born physically, but if we accept Jesus as our savior we are spiritually born into christianity, and because we were dead in our sins we were born divinely.
The second point (legalists will persecute christians) is like Isaac because Isaac was persecuted by his older brother, Ishmael. Not only was Isaac persecuted but Jesus was persecuted beyond belief. And if we are christians we are persecuted too.
The third point (we need to purge all legalism from our hearts) is what it means. We need to purge legalism from our hearts, we need to clean out or get rid of legalism.
So we were born divinely into Christ. If we are christians we will be persecuted. And we need to purge legalism from our hearts.
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.