Grace: Offensive to Religious Folks (a quarantined reflection on Galatians 4:21-31), 21 June 2020

Paul adds a capstone to his argument thus far with a narrative illustration that none of his readers will miss. Abraham and Sarah are the parents of the Jewish tribe, an entire nation of people. Yet, Paul is about to declare that, as far as he’s concerned, the Jewish-Christians demanding the strict religious commitments of their Gentile brethren are children of Hagar, the slave woman. We’ve be foolish to overlook the offense that Paul delivers to the Judaizers as this is precisely the sort of reaction religious people have to the true gospel of grace.

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