New International Version
In other words, it is not the children by physical descent who are God's children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham's offspring.
King James Bible
That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.
Darby Bible Translation
That is, [they that are] the children of the flesh, these [are] not the children of God; but the children of the promise are reckoned as seed.
World English Bible
That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as a seed.
Young's Literal Translation
that is, the children of the flesh -- these are not children of God; but the children of the promise are reckoned for seed;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
That is, They which are the children of the flesh - Whence it appears that not the children who descend from Abraham's loins, nor those who were circumcised as he was, nor even those whom he might expect and desire, are therefore the Church and people of God; but those who are made children by the good pleasure and promise of God, as Isaac was, are alone to be accounted for the seed with whom the covenant was established.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryApril 1. "Vessels of Mercy which He had Afore Prepared unto Glory" (Rom. Ix. 23).
"Vessels of mercy which he had afore prepared unto glory" (Rom. ix. 23). Our Father is fitting us for eternity. A vessel fitted for the kitchen will find itself in the kitchen. A vessel for the art gallery or the reception room will generally find itself there at last. What are you getting fitted for? To be a slop-pail to hold all the stuff that people pour into your ears, or a vase to hold sweet fragrance and flowers for the King's palace and a harp of many strings that sounds the melodies and harmonies …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
Concerning God's Purpose
Letter Lxxxv. To Paulinus.
You are the children of the LORD your God. Do not cut yourselves or shave the front of your heads for the dead,
And do not think you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.
It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.
Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham's offspring--not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all.
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.
For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.
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