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Living by Liberty
LIBERTY .. NOT LEGALISM
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
October 29, 2006
Now with our Bibles open to the book of Galatians .. how many of you would say today, "Pastor .. Jesus Christ has set me free from the bondage of the law and today I am living in the freedom of grace?" Wonderful!
Did you know that God has called you to a life of freedom? That's what we read in Galatians 5:13, "For you, brethren, have been called to liberty ..." You have a calling from God and that calling is liberty! Freedom!
You say, "Liberty or freedom from what?" From the bondage of the law! You see ... the reason God gave the law was to show you that you were a sinner and needed a savior because nobody can keep the law! We're all law-breakers!
Do you remember what Paul said about the law back in 3.24-25? "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 have come to Jesus .. you no longer need the law!
5.13, "For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh but through love serve one another."
Now last Sunday we saw three ways to live the Christian life: the life of LEGALISM. When you live by legalism .. you judge people by what they do or what they don't do. You judge others by what they say or don't say. That's what the Pharisees did. Their life was governed by rules and regulations. That's why the legalist is never truly happy! They always fall short. They can never do enough and the churches at Galatia had some legalist among them and they were contaminating the churches.
I feel sorry for the legalist because they are never satisfied ... never happy ... always critical of themselves and others. God never intended you to live the life of legalism! That's why Jesus came! That's why Jesus died! That's why Jesus arose from the grave: to set the legalist free!
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