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This means that the children born in the usual way are not the children of God; instead, the children born as a result of God's promise are regarded as the true descendants.
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That is to say, not they that are the children of the flesh are the children of God: but they that are the children of the promise are accounted for the seed.
Romans 4:11-16 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the justice of the faith which he had, being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, being uncircumcised: that unto them also it may be reputed to justice: . . .
Galatians 4:22-31 For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman and the other by a free woman. . . .
Genesis 31:15 Hath he not counted us as strangers, and sold us, and eaten up the price of us?
Psalm 22:30 And to him my soul shall live: and my seed shall serve him.
Psalm 87:6 The Lord shall tell in his writings of peoples and of princes, of them that have been in her.
John 1:13 Who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Galatians 3:26-29 For you are all the children of God, by faith in Christ Jesus. . . .
Galatians 4:28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
1 John 3:1,2 Behold what manner of charity the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called and should be the sons of God. Therefore the world knoweth not us, because it knew not him. . . .
ContextGod's Sovereign Choice
…7Neither are all they that are the seed of Abraham, children: but in Isaac shall thy seed be called. 8That is to say, not they that are the children of the flesh are the children of God: but they that are the children of the promise are accounted for the seed. 9For this is the word of promise: According to this time will I come. And Sara shall have a son.…
Be ye children of the Lord your God: you shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness for the dead;
And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham for our father. For I tell you that God is able of these stones to raise up children to Abraham.
For not through the law was the promise to Abraham or to his seed, that he should be heir of the world: but through the justice of faith.
Therefore is it of faith, that according to grace the promise might be firm to all the seed: not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all,
For whosoever are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
For the Spirit himself giveth testimony to our spirit that we are the sons of God.
For the expectation of the creature waiteth for the revelation of the sons of God.
And if you be Christ's, then are you the seed of Abraham, heirs according to the promise.
Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
By faith also Sara herself, being barren, received strength to conceive seed, even past the time of age: because she believed that he was faithful who had promised,
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