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Crucified with Christ (7 of 15)
Series: The Lord of Liberty
Ernest L. Easley
Tonight we are in Galatians chapter 2. We are picking up where we left off this morning thinking about The Lord of Liberty!
You will recall that the Devil invaded the church at 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).
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, now there are some things you must do!''
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 church of Galatia was the only church 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!
The salvation equation is not Faith + Law = Salvation, it is Faith in Jesus + Nothing = Salvation!
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 Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.''
Now the legalist has all kinds of problems with that verse! For when you start adding anything to faith in Jesus Christ for salvation, you contradict the very Word of God!
Understand that it is God who declares us justified which means righteous, and to be righteous is to be as though we've never sinned! Do you have that down? God cannot see sin through the blood of Jesus! God declares us justified when we turn to Christ by faith!
And how do you turn to Christ in faith? Well, Bible fait ...
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