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Our Freedom In Christ (2 of 2)
Jesse M. Hendley
In Paul's letter to the Galatians we read of OUR FREEDOM IN CHRIST. We need to know this today. The text is Galatians 5:1. "Stand fast therefore in the LIBERTY wherewith Christ has made us FREE, and be not entangled again with the yoke of BONDAGE."
The opposite of freedom is bondage; the opposite of bondage is freedom. To be in bondage means to be bound, to be tied up, not be free. Jesus came to set us free! "Whom the Son maketh free is FREE INDEED." His purpose in coming into our world was to free us, to make us free.
"What do you mean by freedom? What is this freedom Christ has come to give?"
Well, "bondage" is used three times in this Galatian letter. In chapter 2, verse 4, we read, "Because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privately to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage." Paul came and preached FREEDOM that is ours in Christ Jesus, and along came these FALSE teachers, Judaizers, who said, "It isn't sufficient to say we are saved just by believing on Christ. You must ALSO be circumcised and keep Law of Moses, certain rites and rituals and rules." Paul said, "They are in BONDAGE!"
In chapter 4, verse 3, we have it again. "Even so, when we were children we were in bondage under the elements of the world," and he tells about it in verse 10. "Ye observe days and months and times and years. I am afraid lest I have bestowed upon you labor in vain."
Then in chapter 5, verse 1, "Stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage."
Every human being is either in bondage or he is free---one of the two---and the difference is CHRIST. Christ sets us free from bondage. Christ unties the bonds and sets us free! So the letter to the Galatians is "The Christian's Declaration of Independence" from anything but faith in Jesus Christ for total salvation!
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