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Liberty for Life
LIBERTY .. NOT LEGALISM
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
September 10, 2006
We are learning these days from the book of Galatians about the Lord of Liberty!
Whatever has you in bondage today .. I want you to know this morning that Jesus Christ can set you free! And it is that freedom .. that liberty .. that Paul is writing about to the churches of Galatia.
Now in case you have been missing our Sunday morning study of Galatians .. let me tell you what was happening in the church at Galatia. It seems that there were some in the church called "the Judaizers." And these "Judaizers" were trying to mix the grace of God and the Law of God when it came to salvation.
In fact ... we read in Acts 15.1 what they were saying, "Unless you are circumcised according to the customs of Moses, you cannot be saved." In other words ... faith in Jesus Christ was not enough for a person to be saved. They were saying, "Faith + law = Salvation." Changing the gospel is not only a dangerous thing .. it is a deadly thing! Do you remember the salvation equation: Jesus + Nothing = Salvation. When it comes to salvation .. it is not Jesus plus .. it is Jesus period!
Now when you come to Galatians 2.11 .. it seems that ol'e Simon Peter was acting one way around the Jewish believers in the church and another way when he was around the Gentile believers. Before the Jewish believers .. his behavior was saying that salvation comes by keeping the Law. And when he was with the Gentile believers .. his behavior said that salvation comes by grace!
He reminds me of that man in the Civil War who couldn't decide whose side he was one. So .. he wore the pants of a Confederate soldier and the shirt of a Union soldier and when he went to war .. both sides shot him!
Well .. last Sunday we read chapter 2.14, "But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before them all, ‘If you, being a Jew, live in the ma ...
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