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The Power of the Gospel
LIBERTY .. NOT LEGALISM
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
August 20, 2006
I am so grateful to pastor a church made up of people whose lives have been changed by the gospel of Jesus Christ! It is the gospel of Jesus Christ that has set us free! Jesus said in John 8.36, ".. if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed." And again .. listen to Psalm 146.7, "He gives food to the hungry and freedom to the prisoners."
Jesus not only feeds us with through His word .. He frees us from the world! He came to set the captives free! Free from sin! Free from bondage! Free from legalism. And that is the message throughout the book of Galatians: Liberty not Legalism. Galatians 5.1, "Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage." And what bondage would that be Brother Paul? The bondage of Legalism.
After having been set free from the law by the power of the gospel ... these new believers were being led back into the bondage of the law by some religionist called Judaizers. They were saying that true salvation was Jesus + religious rituals and ceremonies. That the Law of Moses completed what Jesus started. That true salvation was a combination of the work of Jesus and the work of the sinner.
And as we saw last Sunday ... the word of God doesn't teach anything of the sort. True salvation is not Jesus + .. it is Jesus, period! Again .. salvation is not: Jesus + Works .. Jesus + the Law .. Jesus + Church membership .. Jesus + Speaking in Tongues .. Jesus + obeying the Ten Commandments! True salvation is not Jesus + .. salvation is Jesus period!
Now as Paul attempts to stop them from heading back into legalism having been set free through Christ ... he puts the focus on the power of the gospel.
He refers to the gospel verse 6, "a different gospel" and in verse 7, ‘the gospel of Christ". And then again in verse 8, "preach any other gospe ...
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