Children of flesh or children of promise?


Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Galatians 4:21-23

The question Paul raises is whether we are children of promise or children of bondage because Abraham had two sons, one of the flesh by a slave woman and one of the promise to Abraham and Sarah and free. Those seeking to be counted righteous by the law are under bondage to the law and condemned by it. Those trusting in the promise are counted righteous through faith in Christ Jesus and are free from the condemnation of the law.

O God, grant that I not seek to be counted righteous by my own works under the law but trust in the perfect righteousness of Christ and in His atoning sacrifice for my sins. In His name, I pray. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the King James Version of the Bible.]