Lesson No. 553
Galatians Chapter 4
"We are Not the Children of the Bondmaid"

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1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; 2 but is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. 3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: 4 but when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7  Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. Paul’s concern for the Galatians 8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. 9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? 10  Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. 11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain. 12 Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am; for I am as ye are: ye have not injured me at all. 13 Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first. 14 And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus. 15  Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me. 16 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? 17  They zealously affect you, but not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect them. 18 But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you. 19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you, 20 I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you. Abraham’s two children 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. 27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. 28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. 29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. 30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. 31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.

Lesson No.  553          “We are Not the Children of the Bondmaid"

 Galatians Chapter 4                                                    02/14/2021

1)      Paul tries to draw the ‘backsliding’ Christians back to the true gospel.  What example does he use in verses 1-5?  (children, bondage, the law, and redemption).

2)      Verse 6 is a restatement of called by ‘election’ crying to Abba Father because we are no longer servants…what are we?  (Hint: verse 7)

3)      Verses 8 through 11 is an interesting way to put it…back into bondage serving that which is not of Jesus and a false gospel.

4)      Paul talks about his own weakness, temptation, and how well he was received by the Galatians, even to swap eyeballs with him! (verses12- 15).  Is this his ‘thorn in the flesh’?  He certainly used this to remind them of how much they loved him back when he lead them to the Lord.

5)      But now Paul asks if he is…their what?  (verse 16) Paul says he has labor pains as they need to ‘born again’!  (verse 19)

6)      Paul then goes back to Abraham- bondmaid and freewoman born sons, (verse 22)- Ishmael by the flesh and Isaac by the promise.  What a great example of bondage by the traditions and laws.  Does this happen today?

7)      Wow!  Then he goes to the two covenants- Mount Sinai/Agar/law/bondage/legalistic Jerusalem versus Sarah/grace/forgiveness in Jesus/no condemnation!  (verses 23-27)

8)      We are the children of promise (verse 28) and who hounds us?  (verse 29)

9)      Paul then shows how these Christians have been deceived (verses 30-31); any different today….?  What do we need to do to prevent falling back into the bondage of the flesh and non-Christ like thing…and living?

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