Abraham had two sons: Ishmael and Isaac. Ishmael was born from Hagar, a maidservant of Sarah, Abraham’s wife. And Isaac was born from Sarah with the promise and blessing of God when Abraham was 100 years old.
The Apostle Paul testified that this story was symbolic.
For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one [Ishmael] by the slave woman and the other [Isaac] by the free woman.Â His son by the slave woman was born in the ordinary way; but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a promise.Â These things may be taken figuratively [symbolic], for the women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar.Â Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. (Galatians 4:22-25)
We can understand that Hagar who was a slave woman represents the present Jerusalem in Israel. However, Paul witnessed something interesting in the subsequent verse. He wrote that there is the heavenly Jerusalem besides the earthly Jerusalem.
But the Jerusalem that is above [in heaven] is free, and she is our mother. (Galatians 4:26)
Sarah, the free woman, stands for the heavenly Jerusalem and shows the existence of God the Mother. Â In a word, the allegory of Sarah and Hagar teaches us whose children we should be to be saved. Jerusalem is essential for our salvation. The Bible repeatedly prophesied that Jerusalem is the source of salvation.
On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half to the eastern sea and half to the western sea, in summer and in winter. (Zechariah 14:8)
Those who are left in Zion, who remain in Jerusalem, will be called holy, all who are recorded among the living in Jerusalem. (Isaiah 4:3)
It’s obvious that we can be saved when we seek Jerusalem. Ishmael could not escape from slaveryÂ because of his mother’s status, which shows that we cannot be freed spiritually through Jerusalem on the earth. The earthly Jerusalem lost its meaning as a sacred site. Now, we must seek Jerusalem, the heavenly Jerusalem.
I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband…Â One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb [Jesus].”Â And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. (Revelation 21:2; Revelation 21:9-10)
An angel said to John “I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb” and showed him the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven. The Lamb is Jesus, who is God the Father according the Trinity. Then, who will be the bride, the wife of God the Father? (God the Mother.) It’s exactly identical to the testimony of Paul who said, “The heavenly Jerusalem is our mother.”
Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise.Â At that time the son born in the ordinary way [Ishmael] persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit [Isaac]. It is the same now.Â But what does the 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.”Â Therefore, brothers, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman. (Galatians 4:28-31)
This is why weÂ believe in Jerusalem God the Mother,Â and do not call God “Lord” but “Father”, and are able to inherit the kingdom of heaven. Those who want to be children of promise should come to the Heavenly Jerusalem God the Mother.