Chapter Four, Lesson Three
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** Who was that?
The Judaizers and those Christians who had listened to and succumbed
to their heretical teaching.
** What does Paul ask them?
"...do you not listen to the law?" If you insist on living
under the law (or in bondage to it), at least listen to what it really
is saying. You must be perfect!
Jesus took the same approach in His Sermon on the Mount. cf. Matthew
5:17-20 and 48
** Before we get any further into our passage for today, there is a phrase
that we must understand. Look with me at verse 24. What does "allegorically
"A partial similarity between like features of two things on which
a comparison may be made." Paul is going to use a literal, historical
account which is analogous to and illustrative of the spiritual truth
he wishes to explain.
V.22 ** Now with that in mind, to what historical account is Paul
To Abraham and his two sons.
** Why would Paul use this account to neutralize the heretical attack
of the Judaizers?
They were of the spiritually proud group who had told John the Baptist
that they were going
to heaven because they had Abraham for their father. cf. Matthew 3:7-9
** What are the names of Abraham's "two sons"?
Ishmael (from Hagar) - Genesis 16:1-2, 11
Isaac (from Sarah) - Genesis 21:1-3
** Is it enough then for the Judaizers to say, "We have Abraham
as our father"?
No, physically the Arab and Jewish nations both had Abraham as their
father. Those who thought they were self-righteous, not needing a Savior,
would depend on their heritage.
Look at John 8:31-44.
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