New Living Translation
This means that Abraham's physical descendants are not necessarily children of God. Only the children of the promise are considered to be Abraham's children.
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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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
9:8 That is, Not the children, and c. - As if he had said, This is a clear type of things to come; showing us, that in all succeeding generations, not the children of the flesh, the lineal descendants of Abraham, but the children of the promise, they to whom the promise is made, that is, believers, are the children of God. Gen 21:12
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Don't just say to each other, 'We're safe, for we are descendants of Abraham.' That means nothing, for I tell you, God can create children of Abraham from these very stones.
Clearly, God's promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was based not on his obedience to God's law, but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith.
So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham's. For Abraham is the father of all who believe.
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God's children.
For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are.
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