Living Free (12 of 17) by Jerry Vines

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Living Free (12 of 17)
Born AGAIN Free
Jerry Vines
Galatians 5:7-15
11/06/02

Paul is addressing some issues here. There are some
troubling issues that have arisen in the fellowship
and he is addressing those and speaks with great
intensity and with great emotion as he goes along. I
think you will sense that as we read it.

Paul has laid forth the great truth, in the book of
Galatians, of liberty in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Because of what Jesus did on the cross of Calvary,
when we receive Him as our personal Savior, we are set
free from the bondage of sin.

Paul is dealing with a heresy that has come into the
fellowship from false teachers. There are those who
were saying to them, "You have been set free from sin
but you have a responsibility to live according to the
dictates of the law." That's why there were some who
were saying you have to be circumcised if you really
want to be saved. Paul is combating this and he is
maintaining and standing up for the truth of the
believer's freedom in the Lord.

When you come to the fifth chapter, first verse, you
have really the climatic verse. This is the thesis
that he is trying to maintain when he says in verse 1,
"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ
hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the
yoke of bondage."

There were some believers there who were buying the
line of the false teachers and they were saying,
"Well, we better be circumcised." Others were not
buying it. There were some who were falling into a
life of legalism and there were others who were not.
They were causing a disturbance in the fellowship. The
members of the fellowship there in Galatia were at one
another's throats. That what he means when he says in
verse 15, "But if ye bite and devour one another." He
is saying--be careful, you are going to eat each other
up.

They were like wild animals now. It's a sad thing the
way Christians can treat ...


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