Past Tells The Future

“But when the fullness of the time was come, God
sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under
the law,
To redeem them that were under the law, that we
might receive he adoptions of sons.” Galatians 4:4-5.

In order to get a point across in the English language there are several methods that are used. When we read you can understand what is being said. So here are some means used to instruct readers what the author is attempting.

We have all seen the inserts in all packages whether it be pharmacy pills or the new T.V. set the instruction paper is always on the box or containers. When someone writes their own life story; this is called an autobiography.   When a life’s story is written by someone else; it’s called a biography.  Some people enjoy speaking an imaginative story about their mental ability to dream of events and this is called a novel. There are thousands of these written every decade. It goes without saying that people seek to tell history as if happened in a past time.

In the case of war, generally the victor writes the events; as always, this is one-sided.

However, there is another category that in our time is seldom used by authors. This has been given the name of an allegory. It is this concept that Paul wrote the fourth chapter of this classic book of Galatians.

In the dictionary allegories present in a figurative story of a meaning metaphorically implied but not expressly stated. Generally, the actions are symbolic of other actions. The most classic of all allegories is Pilgrims Progress by Bunyan. Here is one of the great allegories of the English language.

 

PAUL’S ABILITY

One of the graphic writers of the history of all times was Paul the Apostle to the Gentiles. When we read and reread such letters (books), found in the New Testament, we are astounded by their content. But, we are also amazed at how their thoughts could be translated into other languages and especially the English language.

The chapter we are about to comment on came from the mind of Paul but the Holy Spirit guided the hand of their man of God. There are 27 books (letters) in the New Testament but the author of 13 of them was Paul. He may have also added one more; it was Hebrews; but scholars are not certain.

Paul was not stupid. Do you know anyone who could write a similar passage which compares to Romans?

Provided you like to remain ignorant, brain-dead, and dull-minded; then do not read and ponder on the book Romans. The ideas will be a disturbing and upsetting to you. My father Lawrence R. Fugit, commonly termed such people as the cannon fodder. These people go through this life without any understanding of  what life is about.

 

TWO GROUPS

There are two types of groups who want followers – who will follow without any reason.

The first categories are the politicians of both parties. The Democrats in 2016, were instructed that the lying corrupt contemptuous Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama were good, without ever looking at their past. As far as the examination, both should be condemned by future historians.

The Republican Party for decades has embraced Socialism without so much as an outcry. In our nation both of the parties should be ridiculed. A pox on both of the Houses!

The second autocracy is the military. It wants men or women who will obey a command without question. This requires a simple mind. That kind of imbecile mind was found in the trenches in WWI. What purpose was to be served? None! The blockade brought Germany to its knees. It was not trench warfare.

In the United States, the Christian belief has nearly been removed. I was once told by a minister of the Disciples of Christ, that the Church was Bibleless. No wonder their group is going down in numbers. I suspect all others fall into the same vein. No Bible. No numbers!  The number of committee indicates the sickness of the church.

The more committees the Church has – the less power that they have in general.

 

DRAIN THE SWAMP

Donald Trump has used the words “Drain the Swamp”. This refers to Washington D.C. as the cesspool it is. This will not happen because the bureaucrats are in charge and – thus the swamp will not be drained.

The names of Christians should be removed from the ranks, if their attendance is only 2,3 or 4 Sundays a year.

As a Christian, we must learn about Switzerland in WWII.  They are surrounded on all sides by Germany, Austria, France, and Italy. Why was there no invasion – nor did the allies seek control of this tiny country? There was a stoic defense. Each young man was trained to be a sniper. Physical defenses were everywhere – mountains, bridges and road blocks. These people knew what to do in the case of an attempt to subdue Switzerland. The cost would be huge. It was obvious. You come here; you come to die.

The Christian must have the same mentality. Defend your beliefs. On April 18, 1521, Martin Luther replied at the Diet of Worms when called up for his “Faith Only” belief and responded as follows:

“Since then your serene Majesty and your Lordships
seek a simple answer, I will give it in this manner,
neither horned nor toothed. Unless I am convicted
by the testimony of the Scriptures or by clear reason
(for I do not trust either in the pope or in councils
alone, since it I well known that they have often
erred and contradicted themselves), I am bound by
the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is
captive to the word of God. I cannot and will not
recant anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go
against conscience. May God help me. Amen.”

That was the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.

 

EXAMPLES FROM LIFE

When we are young there is a special need for basic instruction, as our youth need assistance when learning. Education cannot be done alone it requires a mentor Galatians 4:1-3, gives this instruction.

“Now I say, that the heir, as long as he is a child,
differeth nothing from a servant, though he be
Lord of all;
But is under tutors and governors until the time
appointed of the father.
Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage
under the elements of the world:”

This is an allegory which Paul uses to illustrate a point. We need help in Bible teaching. There comes a time the youth must be less and less and using the knowledge more and more. It is in Galatians 4:8-9, we learn this.

“Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service
unto them which by nature are no gods.
But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are
known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and
beggarly element, whereunto ye desire again to be in
bondage?”

Then Paul brought forth the fact that it was the rules and regulations which had become so dominant in the lives of some people. The fact is we, nor could the Jews, obey all of the rules which God set out in the Old Testament. Someone has published a number which I cannot verify. It is 613 rules. Paul openly condemns those obligations. You can read his remarks in Galatians 4:10-12.

“Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years,
I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you
labour in vain.
Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am; for I am as ye are;
ye have not injured me at all.”

The Church must use these rules of the Old Testament to prepare us for morals, eating and sanitation.  There are other rules to make our life so much simpler.

The point is yes – the rules should be used. Paul was moved by the fact he was fearful that not enough teaching of freedom could be found. Check Galatians 4:12-1.

“Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am; for I am as ye are;
ye have not injured me at all.
Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached
the gospel unto you at the first.
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.”

Paul told these people what he was stating to them did not place him as their enemy. In fact, he was their liberator, friend and beneficiary. This is what he said to them in Galatians 4:16-1.

“Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell
you the truth?
They zealously affect you, but not well; yea, they
would exclude you, that ye might affect them.
But it is good to be zealously affected always in a
good thing, and not only when I am present with you.
My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until
Christ be formed in you.”

Paul had been the bearer of good tidings. It was this the law had been for a reason but no longer was the task master but no longer applied as a service of set rules. Galatians 8:20-21, states this.

“I desire to be present with you now, and to change
my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.
Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not
hear the law?”


CONCLUSION

The last 8 versus of this chapter deal with an allegory about two children who were born. Sara, Abraham’s wife told him to make A’gar her servant pregnant. He did. This infuriated Sarah. The sons name was Ishmael. Then Sarah became pregnant. Her son’s name was Isaac. The two women became enemies.

God had told Abraham he would have a son of promises. This was Isaac. He was the father of all the Jews. Ishmael was the father of the people of Palestine.

The allegory is the promised one that represents the Gospel of Jesus Christ. While Ishmael represents the old way or the Law of Moses. The superior part of the allegories is the way that Isaac represents.

Look what Galatians 4:30-31, states:

“Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the
bondwoman and her son: for the son for the son of
the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the
freewoman.
So then, brethren, we are not children of the
bondwoman, but of the free.”

The law, as laid out in the first books of the Old Testament is a huge burden. However, all of these burdens were lifted at Calvary.

KEEP THE FAITH!

 


BURDENS ARE LIFTED AT CALVARY

“Days are filled with sorrow and care,
Hearts are lonely and drear;
Burdens are lifted at Calvary,
Jesus is very near.

Burdens are lifted at Calvary,
Calvary, Calvary,
Burdens are lifted at Calvary,
Jesus is very near.
Cast your care on Jesus today,
Leave your worry and fear;
Burdens are lifted at Calvary,
Jesus is very near.

Burdens are lifted at Calvary,
Calvary, Calvary,
Burdens are lifted at Calvary,
Jesus is very near.
Troubled soul, the Saviour can see,
Ev’ry heartache and tear;
Burdens are lifted at Calvary
Jesus is very near.

Burdens are lifted at Calvary,
Calvary, Calvary,
Burdens are lifted at Calvary,
Jesus is very near.”

 

 

GERALD K. FUGIT
DiggingOldWells.com
January 8, 2017

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