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Liberating Grace (9 of 14)
Series: Amazing Grace
If you have your Bible turn please to Galatians 3. We have been talking about "Amazing Grace". We have talked about strengthening grace, sustaining grace, and saving grace. Now today I want to talk about liberating grace. Because the Bible speaks here in the Book of Galatians about Christians who are again entangled in the bondage of trying to please God by living a perfect life, you may not realize it but one of the greatest dangers of the dedicated Christian, of the believer who so much wants to please God in their life, is to fall in to the trap of equating your relationship with God with your works or with your performance. So you are trying constantly to measure up. And you can never measure up to what you believe is God's expectation of you.
I have said before and I will say it again, just as we are saved by grace and not by our own effort, so we are to live by grace and not by our own effort. So that not only can we not boast about our salvation, neither can we boast about our sanctification because it is all a work of the Spirit. It is all the work of grace.
Now the Book of Galatians is written for the very purpose of instructing believers who became Christians by grace but now they are trying to live according to the Law. And they are trying to live up to perfection of the standard of the Law and Paul writes to them.
Galatians 3:1-7 "O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? Have ye suffered so many things in vain? If it be yet in vain. He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works o ...
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