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An Allegory

August 17, 2007

The Women

Hagar – a slave, never free Sarah – freewoman, never a slave
Hagar – intended only as a handmaid Sarah – original wife of Abraham
Hagar – bare the first son (Adam) Sarah – bare son of promise (Christ)
Mt. Sinai in Arabia
Jerusalem which is…
City Abram looked for
Jerusalem above
Bondage Liberty

The Sons

Ishmael – product of a scheme (flesh) Isaac – fruit of divine promise (Spirit)
Ishmael is the elder Isaac is the younger
No difference in appearance (circumcision) No difference as to character (Abraham’s death)
No inheritance All the inheritance
Sent away Kept in the house

The Covenants

Moses’ Law Abraham’s birthright
Human achievement Justification by grace through faith
Law —
Life by obedience (Leviticus 18:5), Death by sinning (Ezekiel 18:20)
Gospel —
Life by grace through faith
Fleshly offspring less Spiritual offspring more
Not given as a means of justification Justification by faith

What can we learn from this comparison?

Categories: Law & Grace, Voegtlin
  1. August 17, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    I want in the right hand column.

  2. August 19, 2007 at 3:58 am

    Good chart explaining what Paul wrote in Romans and Galatians.

  3. September 23, 2007 at 3:57 pm

    Thank God for our liberty in Christ. I have posted a ton of articles about this subject on my blog. Please link to my site.

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