Week 46   Day 2

 

Ever since God created man and woman

            we have been free to chose

            for God or against God

 

But when Paul writes in Galatians about freedom

            he is talking about the freedom

            we have in Christ through grace 

This is freedom from the past 

            from past sins certainly 

            but freedom also from the bondage

            of past traditions and religious thought

 

The Christians at Galatia

            instead of growing in their new-found faith

were regressing 

            going backwards

and trying to mix the gospel of Jesus

            with adherence to the law

            and the traditions of Judaism 

 

Paul argued that it was faith in Christ

            and not the law

                        which had saved them 

                        and continues to save them 

 

The gospel of Jesus includes

            God's grace 

            our faith 

            and freedom

which enables us to produce

            the fruits of righteousness

            through living a Spirit-led lifestyle.

 

  

Many people today have messages running through their minds

            like tapes from past years

                        messages which tear down

                        rather than build up

The grace of Jesus needs to set us free too. 

 

 

 

                  A FREEDOM THAT MAKES US SLAVES

Not slaves of sin, but slaves to love which binds us together.

                                             Galatians 5

 

    1Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has

made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke

of bondage.  2 If you become circumcised, Christ will profit

you nothing.  3 I testify again to every man who becomes

circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law.  4You

have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be

justified by law; you have fallen from grace.  5We through

the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 

6 In Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision

avails anything, but faith working through love.

    7You ran well.  Who hindered you from obeying the truth? 

This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you. 

9A little leaven leavens the whole lump.  10 I have confidence

in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind, but he

who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is.

    11And I, if I still preach circumcision, why do I suffer

persecution?  Then the offense of the cross has ceased. 

12 I could wish that those who trouble you would even cut

themselves off!

    13For you have been called to liberty; only do not use

liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve

one another.  14All the law is fulfilled in one word, even in

this:  "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."  15But if you

bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed

by one another! 

    16Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the

flesh.  17For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit

against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so
that
you do not do the things you wish.  18But if you are led
by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

    19The works of the flesh are evident, which are:  adultery,

fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20idolatry, sorcery, hatred,

contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions,

dissensions, heresies, 21envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries,

and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told

you in time past, that those who practice such things will not

inherit the kingdom of God.

    22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,

kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, self-control. 

Against such there is no law.
            This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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