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Crucified with Christ
Liberty .. Not Legalism
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
September 24, 20006
As you are turning to Galatians 2 .. let me remind you that tonight at 6:00 p.m. we will be sharing in the Lord's Supper. It is always a special time as we worship and remember the sacrifice the Lord Jesus made on our behalf .. so that through Him .. we may have abundant and eternal life.
Now this morning we're back in our series of messages from the book of Galatians: LIBERTY .. NOT LEGALISM. And here's what we've been learning: we've been set free from the bondage and burden of the Law through Jesus Christ.
You will recall that the Devil slipped into the churches throughout Galatia through a minority group called "the Judaizers." They were mixing grace and law and taught that, "unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved' (Acts 15.1).
Here's what they were saying, "Now that you've started your relationship with God through faith in Jesus .. and now that you have received the Holy Spirit in your life ... but your salvation is not complete without the Law."
And Paul answered back in verse 21, "I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain."
Folks .. don't think that the churches throughout Galatia were the only churches that dealt with the Judaizers! They are still among us today! Oh .. how the Devil would enjoy moving you out of the liberty of grace and back under the bondage of the Law! And once you move back under the bondage of the Law ... the joy goes .. the power goes .. the passion for the things of God goes right out the window.
Remember the salvation equation is not Jesus + Law = Salvation ... it is Jesus + Nothing = Salvation! Bible salvation is not Jesus plus .. Bible salvation is Jesus period!
That's what Paul says here in Galatians 2.16, "knowing that man is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Je ...
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