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A Tale of Two Sons (10 of 16)
Tonight, we come to our tenth message in Galatians and the conclusion of Galatians 4. In our series entitled, Justified, we have seen Paul encourage the Galatian believers to depend on God's grace and scold the Judaizers for their legalistic influence. Tonight, we come to Galatians 4:21-31 and I want to discuss the topic, A Tale of Two Sons. READ TEXT -- PRAY
*Charles Dickens' classic and influential novel begins like this: ''It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.'' This is the opening paragraph of the novel, A Tale of Two Cities. The two cities referred to are London and Paris during the turmoil of the French Revolution. This book illustrates how two different places can be so different at the same time. The Bible tells a story, A Tale of Two Sons. So different, but born at same time, to the same family.*
These two sons and their tale teach us some powerful truths about living by grace or living by the law; about freedom and bondage.
*My brother and I are very different. We are from the same family but it would almost be hard to tell when you look at us. I'm 5' 9'', he's 6' 4''; I like to tell people he's my little brother. He was and is very smart, always in honors. I was never in honors; I had to work hard for my 3.7 GPA in college and seminary. I went off to college and attended the Uni ...
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