by Rick White

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Questions and Answers from Legalism 101 (6 of 13)
Series: The Bondage Breaker
Rick White
Galatians 3:1-9

Message Truth: Salvation is a gift of God's grace to undeserving people. We must always acknowledge His grace as the source for our right relationship with Him. Anytime we think we have done something to deserve His favor we are sinking into legalism.

Gal. 3:1 You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed {as} crucified? 2 This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? 4 Did you suffer so many things in vain --if indeed it was in vain? 5 Does He then, who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? 6 Even so Abraham BELIEVED God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness. 7 Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham. 8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, {saying} , "ALL THE NATIONS SHALL BE BLESSED IN YOU." 9 So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer.

Introduction: If you haven't noticed the Christian community has a language all to itself. Some of the words that we use are never understood in the public arena and if they are they are used in a different context. For example, the term saved in Christian lingo refers to someone who has been delivered by faith in Christ from sin and everlasting punishment. To a non-believer the same word may have an economic context or personal rescue adventure. There are other words like testimony, backsliding, and the focus of today's message, legalism.

• Legalism is a wrong attitude toward the code of laws under which a person lives ...

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