by Harley Howard

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The Epistle of Paul To The Galatians Chapter 5:1-12
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Harley Howard

1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ
hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the
yoke of bondage.

Because of all these things that I have explained to
you previously concerning the contrast between law and
grace and of the great benefits contained in the life
of grace, then stand firm, persevere, and persist in
the freedom which Christ has set us free, and no
longer be entangled any further with the yoke of
bondage, that is, the obsolete Mosaic law. Paul has
stated in no uncertain terms that the Mosaic law was
obsolete for the believer because Christ brought a
better covenant which was founded upon better
promises. Also, the blessing of Abraham, being
justification by faith in Christ Jesus, brought the
worshipper into a covenant relationship with God,
which the law could not do. The law was God’s killing
tool in that it did its part in revealing the
sinfulness of man and the holiness of God. Now
remember, lest anyone should have the wrong impression
of the law, bear in mind these facts:

>> The Law of Moses

- The law was holy, just or righteous, and good
because it came from God.

- There was absolutely nothing wrong with the law, but
the law-keeper.

- The law was done away with by the One who gave it in
the first place, God.

- Salvation was NEVER on the basis of keeping the law,
but by faith in God as demonstrated by Abraham.

Having said that, it is clearly apparent that the
Galatians were not living in the freedom that they
already had in Christ Jesus. Unfortunately, many
professing believers today are not living in the
freedom that they already have in Christ either.

Many are not free in their experience because they
choose to live under bondage to a straightjacket of a
Christless religion.

Although we have seen that Paul’s direct
interpretation of the text refer ...

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