Summary: As children of promise, we are to live free.
WHO IS YOUR MOTHER?
Th: Grace-Full Living
Pr: AS CHILDREN OF PROMISE, WE ARE BORN TO LIVE FREE.
TS: We will find in our study of Galatians 4:21-5:1 the significance of being “children of promise.”
I. Background (History)
II. Interpretation (Analogy)
RMBC 7/30/00 AM
ILL “Are You My Mother?”
Here is a delightful children’s book by P. D. Eastman entitled Are You My Mother? Let me read the first part of the book…
When we come to the end of the story, the little bird he learns that a kitten, hen, dog, cow, boat, plane and steam shovel are not his mother. His mother, as you might expect, is a bird.
I do have a question for you this morning…
1. Who is your mother?
Some of you have your mothers here.
It is interesting, though, to observe what we have gotten from our mothers.
What did you get from your mother?
ILL Notebook: Mother (Too Hard on Mom)
A father and his son were talking together when the father asked the son what he wanted for his birthday. The boy said he wanted a baby brother. Soon, his birthday wish came true—he got a baby brother. Prior to his next birthday, his father asked his son again, “What would you like for your birthday?” The little boy hesitantly told his father, “Dad, what I would really like is a pony, but I’m afraid that would be too hard on Mom.”
Well, we all get something from our mothers.
And thankfully, they do not all come in the same way.
But we all do get something from our mothers.
It is a heritage.
2. How would you describe your heritage?
In what ways are you physically like your mother?
Are there ways that you think alike?
How about emotionally?
And how many of us as adults find ourselves saying, “I can’t believe it, I am acting just like my father.”
“I am acting just like my mother.”
We act shocked, and yet, it is absolutely normal.
We come today to the end of chapter 4 in our study of Galatians.
It is a significant point in the letter, because it is here that…
1. We come to the Paul’s final theological argument against those that distorted the gospel and misled the Galatians.
And it is not only his final argument, it is my contention it is his best.
He saves his best for last.
He comes with a creative and an unexpected approach.
Paul has been arguing for the superiority of grace and the gospel of grace that he has presented to the Galatians.
He was opposing the Judaizers who had said that grace was fine, but you had to keep the law to make your salvation complete.
Paul has been arguing that they were adding to the gospel, and as a result, were nullifying it.
Now, on this final argument,
2. Paul speaks to the heart of the Judaizer’s pride.
The Judaizers were proud to be children of Abraham.
He was their father.
They were recipients of God’s blessing because they belonged to Abraham.
But Paul asks, in effect, a more crucial question:
Who is your mother?
Paul makes them take one step further and reminds them that if they insist on making all believers come through the family tree of Abraham that they certainly need to remember that Abraham had two sons!