Heavenly Mother, The Decisive FactorJune 13, 2023
Abraham’s Heir Represents God’s Heir
Within the Bible, God leaves clues in various forms to lead us to carry out His will. These clues are often in the form of prophecies. However, it is easy to regard a prophecy as a mere record in the Bible. One of these prophecies is the history of Abraham’s family. Though this may seem like a mere record of the descendants of Abraham, it holds the key to being the heir of God. Abraham’s family history teaches that the decisive factor to become God’s heir is to be born of Heavenly Mother, New Jerusalem. Let us study about this from now on.
Luke 16:19-24 ““There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’”
In the above parable, it mentions the rich man calling out to Father Abraham and Lazarus being carried to Abraham’s side in the kingdom of heaven. When most Christians dream of heaven, do they imagine going to Abraham’s side or God’s side? Who is the only Father in heaven? Is it not God?
The reason Abraham is mentioned instead of God is to teach us that we can learn about God the Father through the life of Abraham. Galatians 3:29 further explains that Abraham’s heir represent God’s heir. As we are those who seek to be God’s heir, it is vital that we understand how Abraham’s heir was chosen.
Abraham had three potential candidates to be his heir: Eliezer, Ishmael and Isaac. By studying about the characteristics of each candidate, we will understand what characteristics we need to have in order to be God’s heir.
Three candidates, one decisive factor
Genesis 15:2-4 “But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.” Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.””
The first candidate was Eliezer. Eliezer was a faithful servant to Abraham. Given that Abraham had no children, he thought his estate and all his possessions would be passed on to Eliezer. However, God gave a condition for Abraham’s heir; He said the heir needed to be born of Abraham. With this condition, Abraham’s wife, Sarah, gave her maidservant, Hagar to Abraham to bear a child.
Genesis 16:15-16 “So Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram gave the name Ishmael to the son she had borne. Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore him Ishmael.”
The child that was born was Ishmael. As Ishmael appeared to have met God’s condition, he should have been the one to become Abraham’s heir. Nonetheless, was this God’s will?
Genesis 17:18-19 “And Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!” Then God said, “Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.”
No, Ishmael was not granted the blessing of being Abraham’s heir. Rather, God testified that their unborn son, Isaac would become the heir.
Examining all candidates together, what can we see was the true decisive factor for Abraham’s heir?
The first candidate, Eliezer, was disqualified because he was neither born of the free man, Abraham nor was he born of the free woman Sarah.
The second candidate, Ishmael was born of the free man, Abraham. However, his mother was the slave woman, Hagar. Although Ishmael was born of Abraham’s blood, he still did not meet God’s criteria to be the heir.
Then, what was God’s criteria? The difference between Ishmael (who did not receive the inheritance) and Isaac (who did receive the inheritance) was Sarah. It is important to note that Isaac was declared the heir before he was even born. This confirms that Sarah was the decisive factor to become Abraham’s heir.
As we recall, Abraham’s family was not recorded for knowledge; it was a prophecy regarding God’s heir. As Abraham represents God the Father, Abraham’s heir also represents God’s heir. Thus, in order to be God’s heir, we must be born of the reality to the free man, Abraham and the reality to the free woman, Sarah. As Abraham represents God the Father, the free woman and the decisive factor, Sarah represents God the Mother (Heavenly Mother, New Jerusalem).
Therefore, to be God’s heir, we have to be born of God the Mother.
Heavenly Mother is the decisive factor
Galatians 4:26 “But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.”
Who do the “our” represent?
Galatians 4:28 “Now you, brothers and sisters, like Isaac, are children of promise.”
Being a child of promise is every Christian’s goal in his/her life of faith. However, children of promise must resemble Isaac. Then, what characteristic of Isaac is pertinent to becoming a child of promise?
Galatians 4:30-31 “But what does Scripture say? “Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman’s son.” Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman.”
The children of promise are born of the free woman, the Heavenly Jerusalem who is our Mother. Therefore, for any Christian to be a child of promise, he/she must be born of Heavenly Mother. Children who resemble Ishmael and are born from only the free man, God the Father, are completely removed from any chance of salvation. The only church that believes the Heavenly Mother, New Jerusalem is the World Mission Society Church of God. This is because this is the only church that She dwells in. Therefore, to become children of promise, we must also dwell in the World Mission Society Church of God. Let us come and dwell along side Heavenly Mother and have true hope for the kingdom of heaven.