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The lesson on August 4, 2013 was part 16 of the study in “Galatians”.  A quick review was given of the previous lesson where Paul was explaining how their zealous behavior was good if it was used with knowledge.  After establishing the pushback that Paul was receiving wasn’t from his previous visit, the negative response was due to his admonishing of the Galatians falling back into the elements of the law.  He then challenged them to consider what they were doing going back under the law.  Paul even gave an allegory using Abraham and his two sons, one born after the flesh and one born after the promise.  Paul then explains the hope of the promise which was a city that had a foundatiion whose builder and maker was God.  The lesson looked at all the passages regarding New Jerusalem and how that is specifically tied to the twelve tribes of Israel.  After Acts 28, PAul reveals a new hope with a new location in the super heavens and compared the two for our learning and clear differentiation.  The scripture reading was from Galatians 4:21-26 KJV “21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? 22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. 23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. 24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. 25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. 26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.”




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From the Study: Galatians