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‘But what does Scripture say? "Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman's son’ Gal 4.30 NIV.


It’s not uncommon for people to think more of their version of Christ than of Christ Himself. This is to say that not a few will follow Christ and be His disciple up to the border of their inherited beliefs and comforting ideas. And then stop. It’s not unusual for people to follow Christ’s gospel up to the point at which His Gospel diverges from their gospel. Believers can be tied to half-gospels as a result of poor teaching or because they have invested themselves in fictions that threaten the identity they think they have in their faith community. This is not the only reason.


Some are fixated on a self-help style gospel in which we retain a semblance of human dignity and self-worth by accumulating our own version of worthiness. We call this righteousness by works and legalism. But this is the culture of the lie and the living-out of the fall. Why do this when we have a resurrected, risen life in Christ’s life? Because it appeals to our pride and sense of entitlement.


But it is not through the status of our denomination that we gain spirit and life. And not from an identity we think we have in belonging to a sect or adhering to a partisan gospel. It is through the weakness of the cross and the mystery of the incarnation that the life of God becomes the life of men and women who are insightful enough to believe.


“It is through the weakness of the man on the Cross and on the ground of reconciliation wrought out there that God meets, suffers, and triumphs over the enmity entrenched in human existence and history and over its distortion of the socio-political patterns of human life. This is not, of course, what the world today wants to believe, any more than Jesus' contemporaries in Israel wanted to believe it, for the Cross has the effect of emptying the power-structures that the world loves so much.” (1)

‘Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman’ Gal 4.31 NIV.

Enmity of man, entrenched self-sufficiency and unbelief in the spirit robs life from the Slave Woman and her offspring. Who would have thought?

(1) Thomas Torrance, The Mediation of Christ.