The sermon today was on Galatians 4:21-31.
The pastor had a total of 3 points on how we’re “sons of the promise”, and they are:
1. We are like Isaac (vs. 21-23).
We are like Issac, in that we are the son(s and daughters) of the promise.
2. We will be persecuted by those who live under the law (vs. 28-29).
People who don’t have free grace and are under the law don’t like people who do have free grace and aren’t under the law. Pretty simple really.
3. Cast out the “fleshly thinking” (vs. 30-31).
Here’s what the pastor said, “If me, or Patan (the other pastor), ever strays from preaching the Gospel to you, please immediately come to talk with us about it so that we can stop, and start back on the right track” (at least, that’s what I think he said), He might have said more on the subject, but I mainly remember that part… The point being that, like what Paul was saying to the Galatians, we should not let our flesh tell us what to do. Which in this case, means not being under the law. In essence, we should “set our minds on the Spirit“, which we already found out means that the Spirit sets our minds on himself.
21 Tell me, you who want to be under the law, are you not aware of what the law says? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman. 23 His son by the slave woman was born according to the flesh, but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a divine promise.
24 These things are being taken figuratively: The women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar. 25 Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. 26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother. 27 For it is written:
“Be glad, barren woman,
you who never bore a child;
shout for joy and cry aloud,
you who were never in labor;
because more are the children of the desolate woman
than of her who has a husband.”[e]
28 Now you, brothers and sisters, like Isaac, are children of promise. 29 At that time the son born according to the flesh persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now. 30 But what does 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.”[f] 31Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman. (Galatians 4:21-31)
You are Loved!