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Freedom in Christ (11 of 16)
Tonight, we come to the fifth chapter of Galatians in a study I've entitled, Justified. As we come to the last two chapters we will notice that Paul begins to summarize his teaching and draw conclusions based on the foundations he has laid in the first four chapters. Here, he makes an important point to those who would seek to find their righteousness through the law. He reminds them that works-based righteousness leads to slavery but that Christ has purchased our freedom. So, from Galatians 5:1-15 I want to discuss the topic, Freedom in Christ. READ TEXT - PRAY
*The story is told of an aspiring artist who was commissioned to do a large sculpture for a famous museum. At last he had the opportunity to create the masterpiece he had long dreamed of. After laboring over the work for many years, he saw it grow not only in shape but in beauty. But when it was finished he discovered to his horror that it was much too large to be taken out a window or door and that the cost for tearing down part of the building in order to remove it was prohibitive. His masterpiece was forever a captive to the room in which it was created. That is the fate of all human religion. Nothing a person does to earn God's favor can leave the room of this earth where self-made works are created.*
This is the issue that is at the core of Paul's letter. Let's go back for a moment and recreate the circumstances that surround this letter. When Paul was on his first missionary journey, he preached the Gospel to the inhabitants of the province in Galatia and his message was wonderfully received. Out of heathenism, paganism, and idolatry, the Galatians turned to Christ and were wonderfully saved.
But while they were rejoicing in the Lord because of their salvation, some Judaizers came from Jerusalem and began to tell them that along with receiving Christ, they need to add the works of the law to t ...
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