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The Power of the Gospel (3 of 15)
Series: The Lord of Liberty
Ernest L. Easley
Take your Bible and join me in the New Testament book of Galatians. We're going to pick up where we left off last Sunday night in chapter 1 verse 11.
Now here is what we've learned already from the book of Galatians: that Lord Jesus Christ is the Lord of Liberty!
That is the truth that the Apostle Paul is driving home: that Jesus is the Lord of Liberty! He sets the Alcoholic free! He sets the Abuser free! He sets the Adulterer free! Listen folks, Jesus ''gives food to the hungry and freedom to the prisoners'' (Psm 147.7) It is only Jesus that can set you free from the bondage of sin.
Now, Paul begins talking about the gospel in verse 4 when he says in speaking about the Lord Jesus, ''who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age.''
He refers to the gospel again in verse 6 and in verse 7. And then again in verse 8 and verse 9 and then beginning in verse 11 he again refers to the gospel as we think for a few minutes tonight about,
''The Power of the Gospel''
Now beginning back in verse 11, we see ''the power of the gospel'' in several ways. First, by looking at the Source of the Gospel. Second, by looking at the Strength of the Gospel. And then third, by looking at the Salvation of the Gospel.
So using this simple outline, lets take a look tonight at the wonderful, life-changing ''power of the gospel.'' So the first thing Paul refers to here is:
(1) The Source of the Gospel.
Verse 11, ''But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man.'' All right then Apostle Paul, if the gospel you preached wasn't according to man, where did it come from? Where did you get it? Perhaps you found it under a tree on gold plates? What is the source of the gospel?
And Paul answers back in verse 12, ''For I neither received it from man, nor was I ...
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