Chapter # 4 Paragraph # 4 Study # 3
November 4, 2012
Dayton, Texas
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<219> Thesis: The "births" of the sons of Abraham are made the illustration of the nature of the present world in which "law" and "promise" are at work. Introduction: In our last study we looked into the claim that the "message" of "Law" is to be found in the historical narrative containing the records of the "births" of the sons of Abraham. We also saw that Paul's turn to historical narrative means that we can depend upon "history" to reveal reality. And we saw that the issue that is in focus in the narrative has to do with "bondage" and "freedom". That this is the point is shown by the constant repetition of the terms "bondwoman" and "freewoman" and by the opening verse of the next section of Galatians (5:1) wherein the issue is "freedom" as opposed to "bondage". This evening we are going to consider Paul's descriptions of those sons in terms of their origins. He says that the son of the bondwoman was born "according to the standard of flesh" and that the son of the "freewoman" was "through promise".