The children of promise are testified in the Bible to make us understand how to receive God’s inheritance, the kingdom of Heaven. If we are talking about the children of promise, it is necessary to examine the history of Abraham’s family, to realize who can become God’s heirs and also the existence of God the Mother.
Becoming God’s Heirs
Rom. 8:12-18 “…For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”
God’s children are heirs who will inherit the Kingdom of God.
The Mystery of God Hidden in Parables
Mt. 13:10-16 “The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them…But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.”
Mt. 13:34-35 “Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”
Since the creation of the world, God has been revealing His mysteries through parables. We can understand how to become God’s heirs through the parable of the rich man and Lazarus.
How Can We Become Heirs?
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… The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried…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…”
Lazarus is carried to Abraham’s side after his death. When we think of being carried to the kingdom of Heaven, we imagine being carried to God’s side, not Abraham’s. In this parable, Abraham represents God in the spiritual world since no one except God can be called “Father.” Jesus related God to Abraham by allowing the rich man to say “Father Abraham” instead of “Father God.” Through this, we can realize that there is something hidden in the history of Abraham’s family. Since Abraham represents God, Abraham’s family must represent God’s family in the kingdom of Heaven.
Abraham’s Family and God the Mother
Gen.15:1-2 “…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?”
In the beginning, Abraham had no children of his own. For this reason, he wanted his servant Eliezer to become his heir. Nevertheless, God did not approve Eliezer as Abraham’s heir and said that a son coming from his own body would be his heir.
Gen. 15:3-4 “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.”
God’s Deciding Factor
There were three candidates considered to inherit Abraham’s estate. This matter is an important key to help us clearly distinguish God’s children from all mankind.
The first candidate was Eliezer. Nevertheless, he was rejected by God because he was not a son born from Abraham’s own body.
Gen. 16:15 “So Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram gave the name Ishmael to the son she had borne.”
Since Sarah, Abraham’s wife was barren, she gave him Hagar her maidservant to bear Abraham a son. Hagar then bore Ishmael. Abraham thought Ishmael was qualified as his heir because he was born from his own body.
Gen. 17: 15-18 “God also said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her… Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?” And Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!”
God said Sarah would bear Abraham a son. Due to her old age, Abraham found it difficult to fathom and asked God to allow Ishmael to be his heir.
Gen 17:19 “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.”
Even though Ishmael was born from Abraham’s own body, Ishmael could not be the heir.
If we realize why, we can realize why we must believe in God the Mother.
The Son of the Free Woman
Ishmael’s father was Abraham but his mother was Hagar, a slave woman. Since his mother was not a free woman, God did not allow Ishmael to be the heir and God promised that Sarah would bear Abraham a son. This indicates that the decisive factor of who can be Abraham’s heir was not because of Abraham but Sarah (Genesis 17:16-19).
Gen. 17:21-22 “But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year. When he had finished speaking with Abraham, God went up from him.”
Isaac was born with God’s promise. In ancient Israel, the birthright went to the first-born son since they practiced the law of primogeniture. According to this law, Abraham’s first-born son Ishmael should have received the inheritance.
Abraham’s Heir, God’s Heir
Through this we can understand God’s will. God’s choosing of Isaac as Abraham’s heir allows us to comprehend who can be chosen as the true children of God. During the times of the Old Testament, if both parents were born as slaves, the children could not be free. This was the reason why God rejected him as Abraham’s heir.
Ishmael was the second candidate born from Abraham, a free man. Yet his mother, Hagar was born as a slave. On the other hand, Isaac; the third candidate, was born of both the free man and the free woman, Abraham and Sarah. The decisive factor for God to accept him as the heir was Sarah as his mother. God allowed no one to be Abraham’s heir without going through mother, the free woman.
Like mentioned above, this is not just the history of Abraham’s family, but it contains an important message regarding who can become God’s children of promise.
Eliezer who was born of neither the free woman or the free man represents those who do not believe in God the Father nor God the Mother. Ishmael represents those who know God the Father but do not believe in God the Mother. Isaac who was born of both Abraham and Sarah represents those who believe both in God the Father and God the Mother.
Children of Promise Through Free Woman
Though many claim that they believe in God, if the Bible confirms the existence of God the Father and God the Mother, we should follow God’s words.
The ones who believe in both God the Father and God the Mother are like Isaac; the children of promise.
Gal. 4:28-30 “Now you, brothers and sisters, like Isaac, are children of promise. At that time the son born according to the flesh persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now. 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.”
Gal. 4:31 “Therefore, brothers, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman.”
The Jerusalem Coming Down is God the Mother
Gal. 4:26 “But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.”
The Bible clearly testifies about the existence of God the Mother.
Mt. 6:9-10 “This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
Just how the Lord’s prayer testifies “Our Father in Heaven,” the Apostle Paul testifies “Our Mother who is above.”
We can also confirm the existence of God the Mother even since the creation of the world written in the Book of Genesis.
Gen. 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our own image, in our likeness… ”.
When creating mankind, God did not say “Let me make man…” but said, “Let us make man…”
Gen. 1:26-27 “Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness… So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
God created male and female according to His own image. There were two results. If we call the male image of God Father, the female image of God must be our God the Mother. To become God’s heirs as children of promise we must believe in God the Mother, a decisive factor that can allow us to inherit the kingdom of Heaven.