Paul continues his caution against trying to add our works onto Christ’s for our salvation, this time using an allegory from the Old Testament concerning Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar. First, we consider this use of allegory. We see that the Old Testament does indeed contain types and shadows but we hear some notes of caution against trying to make every Old Testament passage in some way typological or allegorical. We then turn our attention to the condition of the Jews and the Judaizers, as Paul likens them to the children of Hagar the bondwoman in the Old Testament. We see:
We are urged to make sure we are not children of the bondwoman ourselves, or in danger of being led astray by their teaching.