War between Offspring

Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise.

But just as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so also it is now.

But what does the Scripture say? “Cast out the slave woman and her son, for the son of the slave woman shall not inherit with the son of the free woman.” [31] So, brothers, we are not children of the slave but of the free woman. Galatians 4:28–31

I read this passage this morning and my mind immediately goes to persecution. In Galatians 4 Paul says that Ishmael (the child of slavery) persecuted Isaac (the child of promise). This reminds me of what God said to the serpent in the garden:

The LORD God said to the serpent,

“Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.

I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring;

he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:14–15

Hebrews 11 reminds me that this world isn’t our home. We are strangers and exiles here.

These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.

For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.

If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return.

But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.  Hebrews 11:13–16

At the end of this life if we are faithful to follow Christ we will inherit the promise of our salvation. We will inherit life in the Eternal Kingdom of God that cannot be shaken.While the children of slavery will be cast into utter darkness, separated from God, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Jesus told us we would face persecution here. He told us the world would hate us.

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:11–12

If we live in a world that is enslaved to sin, and enmity was placed between the children of God and the children of Satan shouldn’t we be concerned if the world rejoices with us? Shouldn’t we be concerned if we face no opposition? As wickedness increases, shouldn’t the persecution increase with it?

Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 2 Timothy 3:12

Jesus himself warned the Pharisees:

Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets. Luke 6:26

This statement scares me. It puts the fear of God in me. I believe this is why Paul said this to the Church in Galatia:

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10

Has our generation fallen into the trap of serving man, pleasing man, preaching mans gospel? Have we built a tower of false religion and dead works? Is that why the church in America is not persecuted?

These questions all press on me this morning? I feel a great weight.

Do we shy away from the hard truths because we fear the rejection of man?

Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets. Luke 6:26

 

 

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