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Series: Being Set Free - Galatians
Turn to the book of Galatians. Tonight we want to look at Chapter 2 and Verse 21 and last time on Sunday night, a week ago, we talked about in Galatians Chapter 2 Verse 20, ''I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.''
And the thought of the apostle Paul in this chapter is justification by faith and sanctification by faith, growth in Christ. He tells us the way you live the Christian life is the way you receive the Christian life and it is by grace through faith not by the works of the law.
It's not an installment plan where Jesus made the down payment and you have to keep up the payments or He repossesses your salvation. That's not the way it is according to the apostle Paul.
He uses the example you will recall as we shared with you from this passage in Chapter 2 of how Simon Peter was switching back and forth at one point. He was saying, ''Yes, Gentiles can be saved by grace and they don't have to come by the way of the law of the Jews.''
And then when the people came from Jerusalem that he knew that were influential he changed his position and Paul uses this as an illustration to show us that we cannot be inconsistent in the matter of salvation. It is either all of works or it is all of grace but you have to make a choice.
And so he comes in the climax of that subject that salvation is all of grace and in Verse 20 he says it is lived by grace to say in Verse 21, ''I DO NOT FRUSTRATE THE GRACE OF GOD: FOR IF RIGHTEOUSNESS COME BY THE LAW, THEN CHRIST IS DEAD IN VAIN.''
Now I hope you will think tonight on this very penetrating verse because it is one of the most important verses in scripture and it is one of the most dynamic expressions of salvation by grace through the cross of Christ ...
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