Galatians 4:31

Galatians 4:31, “So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman but of the free.”
 
Paul the Apostle was fighting, writing, hoping, and praying that the church in Galatia would return to the pure gospel of God’s glorious grace. He wanted the flock to enjoy the holy freedom they had in Christ and not return to a yoke of bondage (Galatians 5:1).
 
Our flesh, for whatever reason, is often stimulated by religion. We can easily be drawn to the stained glass windows, the candles, the incense, the vaulted cathedral ceilings, and even the man-made rules and regulations. Tragically, the Galatian church was not only trusting in circumcision to be saved, but they were also returning to various aspects of the law, such as reverencing days, months, seasons, and years.
 
As an illustration, Paul points to the Old Testament account of the two sons of Abraham. Abraham’s first son Ishmael, was born of the flesh. It was a sinful relationship; it was the mere work of man. 
 
Abraham’s second son Isaac, was born when Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90. Clearly this was the work of God, not man, it was a miracle – Isaac was the son of promise.
 
Isaac represents us as Christians. We’re miracles and we’ve been set free.
 
We’re the work of God. All odds were against us. We were hopelessly lost. we were dead in our sins, but by the Grace of God, He saved us, and we were born-again! Some may have given up on us, but God didn’t, and He never will. Some may have thought that it impossible for you to ever become a Christian, but as God told Abraham when he questioned the possibility of having another child in Genesis 18:14, “Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”
 
We were not born of the bondwoman but of the free. We are not children of the flesh but children of promise.
 
So…now that God has set you free, don’t let the enemy use any toy, tool, or temptation to put you back in bondage – in any way. May there be no sin that has dominion over us, and may there be no room in our hearts for salvation through the law or trying to please God through legalism, where someone twists the Bible in order to place heavy burdens on your shoulders. Let’s remember what Jesus said in John 8:36, “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”
 
Friend, don’t go back to empty religion, or endless rules and regulations…just keep believing and enjoy your freedom through simple solid faith in Jesus.
 
Your brother in Christ,
– Manny

I want to know Christ more, and make Him known…

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