Bible Passage:Gal 4:30
Nevertheless, what does the Scripture say? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be an heir with the son of the freewoman.
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The Ishmaelites hear in these words the sentence pronounced against them, which overthrows the Jews, Grecians, Romans, and all others that persecute the Church of Christ, and also those who put their trust in their own works, and judge us who rest upon the promise of God. They judge us not only to be barren and forsaken, but also heretics to be cast out of the Church, and that it is impossible that we should be sons and heirs. But God overthrows their judgment, and pronounces this sentence against them, that because they are the children of the bondwoman, and persecute the children of the freewoman. Therefore they shall be cast out of the home, and shall have no inheritance with the children of promise, to whom only the inheritance belongs, because they are the children of the freewoman. This sentence is ratified and can never be revoked. For the Scriptures have foretold that the children of the bondwoman shall be cast out of the house, that is to say, out of the kingdom of grace, for they cannot be heirs together with the children of the freewoman. Here is to be noted that the Holy Ghost calls the people of the Law and works, as in contempt, the children of the bondwoman, bondservants of the Law, and consequently of sin, of death, and of everlasting damnation. Such sentences when carefully considered make us certain of our doctrine, and confirm us in the righteousness of faith, against the doctrine and righteousness of works, which the world embraces and magnifies, condemning and despising the other.
The saints on earth and those above
But one communion make;
Joined to their Lord, in bonds of love,
All of His grace partake.
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