a reply to: Sahabi
Dear Sahabi, thank you for taking time to share your views. On the surface, what you've shown would seem to indicate a slighting of Ishmael. But,
by the Spirit of God more is revealed unto completeness.
Judaism and Christianity are religions. Along with Islam, each claims authenticity over the other, competing for souls. Each applies the same basic
principles of observing law-ritual and traditions to legitimize their practice, justify their understanding. All neglect and marginalizing is because
of this, not from God, nor implied within scripture.
The way of God is spiritual. He is Spirit, and desires to be in fellowship with us in our soul, through Christ, according to Holy Spirit. This is
the basis of the promised covenant with Abraham and the Seed given by the action of divine miracle. The first son Ishmael was not by a divinely
appointed miracle, but by unbelief of Sarai and Abram going along with her.
But Faith was the basis of God promising Himself as the Seed revealed in the most necessary way for mans salvation. And this faith is the basis of
Abram seeking to find God with whole heart, in due time listening to His voice and obeying. This trust, belief and obeying is also what Hagar did, and
for that she and Ishmael also were blessed. This is the fellowship God desires with all humanity, as testified by witnesses recorded in Bible
scripture. And the greatest witness is God Himself. All we need do to receive our share of the inheritance is to do what Abram did: seek God with
whole heart to find Him; for He wants us to find Him in the most private personal place; Jeremiah -chapter 29, Romans -chapter 10.
Galatians -chapter 3 - from New King James Version (NKJV)
JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH:
1. O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as
2. This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
3. Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?
4. Have you suffered so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain?
5. Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?—
6. just as Abraham “believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”
7. Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham.
8. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham
beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.”
9. So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.
THE LAW BRINGS A CURSE:
10. For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which
are written in the book of the law, to do them.”
11. But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.”
12. Yet the law is not of faith, but “the man who does them shall live by them.”
13. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”),
14. that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
THE CHANGELESS PROMISE:
15. Brethren, I speak in the manner of men: Though it is only a man’s covenant, yet if it is confirmed, no one annuls or adds to it.
16. Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is
17. And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in
Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect.
18. For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no longer of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
PURPOSE OF THE LAW:
19. What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was
appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator.
20. Now a mediator does not mediate for one only, but God is one.
21. Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness
would have been by the law.
22. But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
23. But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed.
24. Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.
SONS OF HEIR:
26. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
27. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Galatian -chapter 4: verses 21-31;
21. Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law?
22. For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman.
23. But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and he of the freewoman through promise,
24. which things are symbolic. For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar—
25. for this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children—
26. but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all.
27. For it is written:
“Rejoice, O barren,
You who do not bear!
Break forth and shout,
You who are not in labor!
For the desolate has many more children
Than she who has a husband.”
28. Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise.
29. But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now.
30. Nevertheless what does the Scripture say? “Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of
31. So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman but of the free.