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LIBERTY .. NOT LEGALISM
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
October 15, 2006
Now take your Bible and join me in the book of Galatians as we continue our study under the heading: LIBERTY .. NOT LEGALISM.
If the book of Galatians has taught us anything .. it has taught us that Jesus Christ is the Lord of Liberty! Friend .. Jesus is the great liberator! He liberates us from the curse of the law! He sets us free from legalism!
Now the legalist doesn't believe that. The legalist will mix the law of Moses and the grace of God and they are still with us today. The legalist will tell you that it takes more than repentance and faith to be saved from your sin and have heaven as your home. Their salvation equation is different from the Bible's salvation equation.
Here's their salvation equation: Jesus + the Law = salvation. Here's the Bible salvation equation: Jesus + Nothing = Salvation. When it comes to salvation ... it is not Jesus plus .. it is Jesus period.
So why did God give us the Law of Moses to begin with? Well .. Paul raised the same question in 3.19, "What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator." In other words .. God gave us the Law because of sin. Sin separates us from God. And the law reveals our helpless condition before God.
Now if that's not bad enough .. it gets worse. Verse 22, "But the Scripture has confined all under the sin .." "Confined" means "concluded, to draw a conclusion." The scripture has drawn a conclusion: we're all under sin.
Verses 24-25, "Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor." Once you know Christ, you no longer need a tutor.
That's why God gave us the Law ... to bring us to Christ! You cannot live up to t ...
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