Bondage, Liberty, Bondage (3 of 17) by Jerry Vines

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Bondage, Liberty, Bondage (3 of 17)
Series: Born (Again) Free
Jerry Vines
Galatians 2:1-10

These are the words of Paul and he is being autobiographical in these first chapters. You have to keep in mind that Paul is a man under intense pressure. His ministry is under attack. The message he preaches is under attack. So in these first two chapters he is responding personally and is giving you an autobiography of his own experience and ministry with the Lord. It has a great deal to do with you and me.

The book of Galatians is a book about liberty. When we come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, He literally sets us free. We, who were in bondage to sin, when Jesus Christ comes into our heart and life, He breaks the bondage of sin and sets us free.

Those who have been set free in the Lord will, along the way, have those who will attempt to put them back into bondage again. That's why I'm calling this message--From Bondage to Liberty to Bondage. That is exactly what Paul is talking about.

In verse 4 he talks about these false brethren who were trying to take them from liberty that they might bring them back again into bondage. So this is no small issue that Paul is discussing. It is very important for you and I to understand it. Somewhere along the way, after you have come to Christ, you will encounter those who will try to put you back into bondage.

Paul is sharing with us a little background on a meeting which is recorded for us in the 15th chapter of the book of Acts. We have there what is commonly referred to as the first Jerusalem Council. In other words, the first official meeting of the church, so to speak. In Acts 15 you have kind of a press release of the meeting. He gives you the public details of what took place in this meeting of the Apostles in Jerusalem.

In Galatians 2 Paul gives you a little background. He gives you the behind-the-scenes events. Acts 15 is the public release--the open facts. Galatians 2 is what went on behin ...


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