Chapter # 4 Paragraph # 4 Study # 8
January 6, 2013
Dayton, Texas
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<229> Thesis: Those who cease to resist the persuasion of God take their place in the Grand Plan. Introduction: We have been considering Paul's analogy of how things worked out in Abraham's household in light of both his "faith" in the Promise of God and his "failure of faith" in that same Promise. His "failure" brought about the enormous numbers of children of bondage whose destiny is determined by the status of their "mother". On the other hand, his "faith" brought about the enormous numbers of those whose destiny is to inhabit the Jerusalem that is above as the free children of a free "mother". This evening we are going to consider Paul's conclusion as it is stated twice in this part of this paragraph. In 4:28 he said that "we" who are "brethren" are children of Promise according to the standard of Isaac. In 4:31 he said that "we are not children of a slave but of a free woman". Since it is clearly better for us to be the children of freedom by Promise than children of slavery by Law, it is crucial that we grasp what Paul called "the standard of Promise".