Beware of the Joy Stealers (11 of 13) by Rick White

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Beware of the Joy Stealers (11 of 13)
Series: Bondage Breaker
Rick White
Galatians 5:1-12
11-19-95

Gal. 5:1 It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

Gal. 5:2 Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no benefit to you. 3 And I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law. 4 You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. 5 For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love. 7 You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth? 8 This persuasion {did} not {come} from Him who calls you. 9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump {of dough.} 10 I have confidence in you in the Lord, that you will adopt no other view; but the one who is disturbing you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is. 11 But I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? Then the stumbling block of the cross has been abolished. 12 Would that those who are troubling you would even mutilate themselves.

Introduction: I recently heard about a very poor man who had always wanted to take a cruise. He saved the money to purchase this life long dream. Once aboard ship he was lost in a world that he did not understand. Especially this was true regarding meals for his journey. He brought along cheese and crackers to eat everyday while people all around him enjoyed the meals prepared by the master chef. It was not until his last day at sea, that the captain of the ship encountered the old man, and in unbelief told him that the meals were all part of the package. Imagine setting sail on a luxury liner and living like a pauper while on board. While this may be hard to imagine in the physical realm, it is easy to see in the spiritual realm.


I. THE COMMAND (1)
A. The Declaration of Freedom
B. Stand firm. Do not give in.
The Christian freedom he describes is freedom of conscience, freedom from the tyranny of the law, the dreadful struggle to keep the law, with a view to winning the favor of God. It is the freedom of acceptance with God and of access to God through Christ.
C. Do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

II. THE CONSEQUENCES FOR THOSE WHO EMBRACE LEGALISM (2-6)
A. Christ will have no value. If we adopt legalism we are saying that the sacrifice of Jesus was insufficient to save us. Somehow we must add to what Christ has already done for us.
Gal. 5:2 Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no benefit to you.

B. We will be ...


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