The Freedom And Power Of The Man Of Faith by Jesse Hendley

THE FREEDOM AND POWER OF THE MAN OF FAITH
Jesse M. Hendley
Galatians 5

The subject today from Galatians 5 is "The Freedom and
Power of the Man of Faith," the freedom and power that
comes to us simply by believing on the Lord Jesus
Christ. We must understand, the man of faith is free,
but the man of law cannot be free. This is Galatians
1-15.

Paul speaks about freedom. You remember that Peter in
the great Jerusalem Conference in Acts 15:10 said,
"Why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the
disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able
to bear?" That is, they were trying to keep the Law to
please God. You could never have kept all of the Law
of the Old Testament and you could never believe that
you have kept it all perfectly. Therefore, you'd be in
bondage and fear all the rest of the days of your life
thinking that you weren't right with God.

So you see peace could never come; freedom could never
come by keeping Law or by keeping religious
ceremonies. It had to be by faith in Jesus Christ. So
Paul immediately now begins with the freedom and power
of the man of faith, Galatians 5:1-15. The man of
faith is free, but the man of the law is not.

So Paul begins with verse l, saying, "Stand fast
therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us
free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of
bondage." Now literally he said, "For freedom did
Christ set us free. Stand fast." What did Jesus come
to do? To set us free from the bondage of the fear of
sin, death, judgment and hell because of our sins and
the fact that we cannot please God perfectly in
ourselves. We cannot keep the law perfectly. Men and
women have tried to do it and despaired. The Jewish
people despaired. We have in the very words of Peter,
"Go, stand fast, don't let anybody knock you over
about your freedom. Don't let anybody try to get you
back under Law, trusting ceremonies, but just faith
in Jesus Chris ...


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