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Galatians 4

Allegory: Law vs. Grace

HagarSarah
Old Covenant (Law)New Covenant (Grace)
Mt. SinaiMt. Calvary
Bondage, her children were slaves performing the rites of the Sinaitic lawFreedom
Jerusalem that now isHeavenly Jerusalem
(cf. Heb. 12:18-24)
BondwomanFreewoman
After the fleshDivine promise
Her children born into slaveryHer children born into freedom
Powerless to change their statusDignity of sons with a preferred status
WorksFaith

The New Unger’s Bible Handbook, Merrill F. Unger, Revised by Gary N. Larson, Moody Press, Chicago, 1984, p. 519