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Showdown in the Holy City
LIBERTY ... NOT LEGALISM
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
August 27, 2007
Now as we continue our series of messages from the book of Galatians .. we come this morning to chapter 2 where Paul continues his defense of the gospel of grace!
Now if the book of Galatians teaches us anything .. it teaches us this: Jesus Christ is the Lord of Liberty! He sets the prisoner free! Jesus said in John 8.36, "... if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed."
The life of liberty is found only through a relationship with Jesus Christ .. which tells me that you can come out of a life of bondage into a life of liberty by inviting the Lord of Liberty .. Jesus .. into your life!
Now I don't know what has you in bondage today .. but I do know that whatever it is .. Jesus Christ can set you free from it. That's why Jesus came. That's why Jesus died. That's why Jesus arose from the grave: to set the prisoners free!
Now when you come to chapter 2 ... there is a Showdown in the Holy City! And it is from this showdown .. that I want to show you that when Grace battles Legalism .. that Grace wins every time!
I read this week about a baseball game that one day took place. It seems that the Lord's team was playing Satan's team.
The Lord's team was at bat, the score was zero to zero, and it was in the bottom of the 9th inning with two outs. Joe Buckner and the Lord stood by observing the game.
As they watched the Lord's Team come up to bat .. the first batter stepped up the plate whose name was LOVE. Love swung at the first pitch and hit a single, because love never fails.
The next batter was named FAITH, who also hits a single because faith works with love. The next batter was named GODLY WISDOM. Satan wound up and threw the first pitch. Godly Wisdom looked it over and let it pass .. ball one.
Three more pitches and Godly Wisdom walked, because Godly wisdom never swings at what Satan throws. The bases were loaded ...
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