Chapter # 4 Paragraph # 4 Study # 7
December 30, 2012
Dayton, Texas
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<227> Thesis: The "proof" of Paul's claim that the "above Jerusalem" is our mother arises out of a biblical pattern of God's production of children in the face of complete human inability. Introduction: In Paul's quest to get the Galatians to understand the message of "Law", he juxtaposed the emotional outcomes of two opposite circumstances. On the one side is a slave who is able to conceive and bear children whose destiny is to be enslaved and subjected to terrible circumstances. On the other is a free woman who cannot conceive, but does. Her children are destined to be free and to be the recipients of "joy inexpressible and full of glory". This evening we are going to look into the evidence to which Paul appeals to establish his claim that "we" are the children of a hopeless woman whose experience was one of enormous surprise and joy.