Galatians 4: 28-29. “Now we, brethren,as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.”
Ishmael, Hagar’s son by Abraham, was not the child of the promise. He was Sarah’s attempt to fulfill God’s prophecy. He became the father of the Arab nations.
Isaac was the son of the promise. He became the father of Israel, the Jewish nations. We can certainly see how that has played out over the centuries.
On a broader level, it is true that those who work to gain their own salvation through ritual and their own merit have persecuted true believers all down through the centuries.
We have to keep clearly in mind that not all people who claim to be Christian have really been redeemed, saved by grace through faith. One of Satan’s most effective tools in this age of Grace has been to cloud the issue around what is truly Christian and what is not.
Any religious system that requires us to perform according to their rituals is not teaching salvation by grace, but instead by works. They are not truly Christian. They claim Jesus, but they have not understood or taught the truth. And all down through history, those legalistic, ritualistic religious organizations have persecuted those who have stood on the Word of God and preached salvation by grace through faith, plus no works of man. Not baptism, not confession, not Mass, not ritualistic prayers, not by any merit of our own can we reach heaven. It is only through His grace alone, and nothing else.
There is no other way.