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The Root Difference Between Sonship and Slavery
December 10, 2017      |     By: Sam McVay, Jr.      |      Category: Sermons


Sam uses the example of Ishmael and Issac to illustrate the difference between slavery and sonship, flesh and Spirit. Slavery is summed up in "ought" based living: we will never be free from sin by trying to fight sin. It's a "root" issue, not a "fruit" issue. 

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Notes

Galatians 4:21-31 (NIV)
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.”
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.”
31 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman.

Paul’s letters reveal that he is very concerned about the issue of Sonship.

Sonship is talked about in five of Paul’s letters.

Jesus himself showed a high priority for this understanding in his disciples:
John 15:15 (NIV)
15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

What is the root issue that determines the difference between a slave and a son?

Galatians 4:23 & 29 (NIV)
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.
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.

For Paul the answer was found in Ishmael and Issac.
- One of the flesh.
- One of the Spirit.

So...what is the difference between the flesh and the Spirit?

1. Who’s ya momma?
- Hagar is the result of running from weakness and using natural beauty and power to get results.
- Sarah is the result of a faith move into a new land that has famines and that carries barrenness in need of a miracle to produce.

2. What gotcha here?
- Ishmael is the result of sincere human effort and wisdom trying to fulfill the promise of God.
- Isaac is the result of an “as good as dead” man having a promise fulfilled by the power of the Holy Spirit.

3. What’s in ya?
- Ishmael has in him a fruitful generational line that produces “wild as a donkey” trouble in the nations.
- Isaac has in him a fruitful generational line that will produce the Christ who will bless all nations.

Is your life and mission sourcing from the sincere flesh effort and skills borrowed from the world?
- or -
Is your life and mission sourcing solely from the Holy Spirit’s Presence, promise, and power??


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