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Saints Falling from Grace
LIBERTY .. NOT LEGALISM
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
October 22, 2006
As we continue our study of the book of Galatians under the heading LIBERTY .. NOT LEGALISM ... we come this morning to chapter 5.
Now as we move into chapter 5 .. Paul continues talking about liberty verses bondage ... that is .. the liberty of grace and the bondage of the law. And as we saw last time .. it is one or the other: Free or Slave ... Liberty or Bondage ... the law of God or the grace of God!
We are either liberated from the law or we are incarcerated by the law. The law is either keeping us in bondage or grace is keeping us in blessing. And what was the purpose of the law? To show us that we're sinners in need of a savior because nobody can keep the law!
Paul explained that back in 3.24-25, "Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor." Once you know Christ .. you no longer need a tutor. The purpose of the tutor was to bring us to Christ. Coming to know Jesus gives you a greater appreciation for the law! Because it's the law that shows you that you don't measure up! Nobody does. In fact .. only one measured up and that's Jesus!
Now look with me to chapter 5 .. Galatians 5. Now this morning we're going to read some seemingly strange words from Paul. Let's just look at .. verse 4, " "... you have fallen from grace." That makes you want to rub your eyes as to erase what you just saw and read it again. O.k. let's read it again, " .. you have fallen from grace."
You say, "Perhaps we have a bad translation from the Greek." O.K. here's what the Greek literally says, "the grace you fell from." That doesn't really help us either.
Well .. let me tell you what I've learned about the Word of God? I've learned that I don't have to be afraid of anything I find in it. Now I may not understand it .. I may not be able to ...
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