Already Free (Part 13) by Christina Patterson

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Already Free (Part 13)
Series: Already Free, A Study on the Book of Galatians
Christina Patterson
Galatians 4:23-31

Over the past few weeks we have discussed the importance of knowing who we are in Christ as His beloved daughters. We also learned that our identity in Christ means more than anything we could ever do for Him. To further drive in this message to the Galatians, Paul uses the story of Sarah and Hagar from Genesis to make the point that those who rely on faith and not works are the true children of God and heirs to the promise of Abraham—salvation from our sins and relationship with God. 

Let me tell you the story of Sarah and Hagar so you can truly grasp what he is saying in today's text. We talked about Abraham a few stuides back when we discussed God's promise being greater than our works. Sarah, who comes up in today’s study of Galatians, was Abraham's wife. God made a promise to Abraham that he would be the father to many nations. However, Abraham was old, Sarah was old, and she was also barren. So it was hard for them to believe this promise that they would have many children because at this point they didn’t have any, and it didn’t look like they would ever have one. Instead of trusting in God's promise, Sarah told Abraham to sleep with her maidservant Hagar so he could have a child. So Abraham slept with Hagar, and she had a baby named Ishmael. As in most situations like this, there was some drama and it didn't go well. Despite all that, God fulfills His promise and Sarah does become pregnant with their promised son, Isaac. Don't you just love how even when we don't trust God, He still remains faithful? 

Although the Galatians had started to rely on their works for salvation and not God's grace, God is so faithful to s ...

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