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Living by Liberty (12 of 15)
Series: The Lord Of Liberty
Ernest L. Easley
I am so thankful that Jesus Christ is the LORD OF LIBERTY!
''Free from the law, O happy condition; Jesus has bled, and there is remission; Cursed by the law and bruised by the fall, Grace has redeemed us, Once for all!''
Now join me for a few minutes tonight in the book of Galatians as we continue thinking under the heading: The Lord of Liberty. We are going to pick up where we left off last Sunday night in chapter 5 verse 13 were Paul says, ''For you, brethren, have been called to liberty.''
Wonderful! '', you have been called to liberty.'' You have a calling from God and that calling is liberty! Freedom!
Free from what? The bondage of the Law! And yet , I dare say that I'm talking to some people here tonight that like the Galatians, you have fallen from grace! Oh, you're saved all right! But like the Galatians, you've moved back under the law trying to get in good with God!
You think, ''Well, if I do this or do that or become this or achieve this, I'll get in good with God.'' That's what the Galatians did! They fell from grace by trying to please God! Folks, anytime you are under a system of regulations or a religion that says, ''you must do'', Paul says you are cursed!
There are three ways we try to live the Christian life. (1) Life of Legalism. When you live by legalism , you judge people by what they do or what they don't do. You judge others by what they say or don't say.
That's what the Pharisees did! Their life was governed by rules and regulations! The legalist is never happy because they always fall short, they can never do enough. The church at Galatia had some legalist among them and the Devil makes sure that every Bible believing church as some too!
You don't want to live by legalism! That's one way people try to live the Christian life! First, the life of Legalism.
But not only the life of legalism,but the Life of License. ...
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