The Discussion So Far

So far we had discussed the following

1. Introduction

2. The Sons Of Keturah

3. Ishmael The Son Of Abraham

In this concluding blog post, let us look at Isaac the son of Abraham

Isaac

I guess Isaac do not need further introduction. He is one whom God made a covenant for. Isaac is one who is willing to go through all to follow the commands of God

This is seen when Abraham was about to sacrifice him on the Altar and he did not make any attempts to flee (Gen 22:9-10)

God only promised to give his blessings to Isaac, therefore he was set aside from all his brothers. Therefore only those who are from the lineage of Isaac could be saved

How do we become the modern Isaac ?

As I have shared earlier, it is possible for the sons of Keturah to become the sons of Isaac, that is through Jesus Christ. Paul once told this to the church in Galatia

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” – Paul (Gal 3:26-29)

Much as my friend who was scoffing at the people who believes in the sacramental value of Baptism, over here Paul said that when one is baptized, that is when we put on Christ. and that act is done out of faith.

Paul once again said this to the church in Rome

“Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” – Paul (Rom 6:3-4)

It is at Baptism when our old self died, and it was made possible only through the sacrifice of Jesus. So it should not be viewed as just a mere act of dipping into living water. It is necessary for Christians to look beyond the mere simple act of dipping oneself into water and understand the significance of the sacraments.

This is precisely the reasons why the apostles claimed that Baptism is for the remission of sins in Acts 2:38.

After baptism, as one begins is walk with God as the sons of Isaac, one should make a resolve to continue to walk closer to God and not to sin. However if we are ever tempted and fall to sin, let us not be too reproachful to ourselves but let us come boldly to God for forgiveness (Heb 4:14-16)

Conclusion

As I do not intend to make this a doctrinal discussion, I hope that by read the article, one would rethink the idea having faith and complimenting with physical actions. and I hope that everyone will rethink the purpose and effects of sacraments and the significance that comes with it.

Finally let us also ask ourselves would we want to be
1. The Children Of Keturah, who merely receives gifts from Abraham and belong to someone else.

2. Ishmael : Who is born of the flesh and worship God in vain.

3. Isaac, the true son of promise and one that could inherit eternal life.

May God remember our choice and may we aspire to do the will of God and  strive to be the sons of Promise

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