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August 18, 2013

The lesson on August 18, 2013 continued the study on “Galatians” with part 18 and finished chapter four.  Upon opening, Wayne had drawn a bust of President Abraham Lincoln and mentioned this would close the lesson today with the subject of liberty.  He then provided a review starting with Galatians 4:27 where Paul said “It is written…” and then talked about New Jerusalem and how it was the “mother of us all”.  The “us” relates to those of Galatians in the book of Acts.  The lesson looked at the alegory where Sarah was representing New Jerusalem and the New Covenant while Hagar was representative of Old Jerusalem and the Old Covenant.  There were many more comparisons in this analogy between Sarah and Hagar.  It is amazing to see how these two were alagorized to reflect so much in contrast from the old to the new.  Wayne took us back to Isaiah 53-55 and showed how what Paul was speaking about what Israel had received in redemption through the seed of Sarah over Hagar.  All these promises were given to Israel.  We learn of Doctrinal Truth in addition to Dispensational Truth.  Doctrinal truths apply across dispensations which is demonstrated by the fundamentals of salvation.  Salvation is the same for everyone because it is received by grace through faith.  This is an example of Doctrinal Truth.  But we find dispensational truth when Paul said their was an advantage of being Jewish because the oracles of God were committed unto them. We learned of the name “Lo-Ammi” which was used by Paul of Israel at the end of Acts.  The lesson finished with Galatians 5:1 where the emphasis was to boot out the bond woman and her son because we want to stand fast in liberty and not fall back into the yoke of bondage. The scripture reading was in Hebrews 12:22-24 KJV “22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.”




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From the Study: Galatians