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Trouble at the Dinner Table
Liberty ... Not Legalism
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
September 3, 2006
I have some wonderful news for you on this Labor Day weekend from the book of Galatians: Jesus Christ is the Lord of Liberty!
Now let me tell you what that means for you today. Well .. actually .. I think I'll just let Jesus tell you what that means for you today. John 8.36, "If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed." Jesus came to set prisoners free and that includes freedom from legalism!
And it is that freedom .. that liberty .. that Paul is writing about to the churches of Galatia! You see .. there were some people called the "Judaizers" that had slipped into the church. The "Judaizer" said, "Unless you are circumcised according to the customs of Moses, you cannot be saved" (Acts 15.1).
In other words .. the Judaizers were trying to lead the church members out of the liberty of grace and back into the bondage of the Law! And this freedom fighter responded by directing them to the "gospel."
All through chapter One he talks about the gospel. In chapter 2.5 he talks about "the truth of the gospel." The gospel is the good news that we are sinners .. guilty before Holy God .. under the judgment of God and that we may be pardoned only by His grace on the basis of the death, burial, and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ and not by any works we have done!
Now .. that is a mouthful! But the Judaizer would listen to that and say, "Something is missing: the Law of Moses!" Folks ... whenever somebody starts adding something to Jesus for salvation ... you've got yourself a heresy! It is a dangerous thing to mess around with the gospel! Remember the salvation equation: Jesus + Nothing = Salvation!
The gospel of Jesus Christ is not spelled "do" .. it is spelled "done." It is not based on what you "do" .. it is based on what He has "done."
There is nothing like a little legalism for removing all the joy we have ...
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