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Are You an Ishmael or an Isaac? (10 of 17)
Series: Born Again Free
We are coming to another climax in a section of Galatians. There are three main divisions in this six- chapter book. The first two chapters hang together and the next two chapters hang together, and then the last two chapters hang together. We are coming now to the climax of that second division. We will begin, God willing, next Wednesday night in the 5th chapter, making the practical application to what has been taught thus far in the book.
Paul says to these Galatian believers who were in danger of going back into bondage, having been set free by Christ. Now false teachers have come and they are going back into bondage.
The Apostle Paul spent a lot of his life trying to earn his own salvation. When Paul had a miracle experience with the Lord Jesus on the Damascus Road. He found out that his salvation depended on the death of Jesus on the cross for our sins, and the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb, to give us power to live the Christian life. It was the best news Paul had ever heard in all his life. It set him free. He came to understand that he was saved not because of anything he did, but rather because of what Christ did on the cross. Paul preached that everywhere he went. He preached salvation not by works--what we do. He preached salvation by grace--by what Jesus Christ did on the cross. It was good news to these Galatians. They had been brought up in the bondage of their pagan religions.
There are only two views of what salvation is. All religions in the world fall into one of two categories. It is either a system of works or it is a system of grace. All pagan religions teach a system of works. You have to earn or work for your salvation.
When these teachers came to Galatia and began to preach that they had to keep the law in order to be saved, they were in danger of falling right back into a system of bondage. There is something about ...
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