by Jeff Schreve

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Slaves and Sons (7 of 9)
Series: Do You Want to be Free?, Vol. 1
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Galatians 4:1-11

Please turn to Galatians chapter 4. We're in a series on the book of Galatians entitled "Do you Want to be Free?" And Galatians is about the grace of God and the freedom that comes from walking in the grace of God. Now I've entitled tonight's message, "Slaves and Sons." And I have a dumb question, but it's an important question, and the question is this: Would you rather be a slave or a son? Now, obviously, you think about that and you think, Have you got it right Jeff? That was a dumb question. I mean, who wants to be a slave. Nobody wants to be a slave. If it's a choice between being a slave of a wealthy man, or being the son of that wealthy man, well, of course, who wouldn't choose the son? Who wouldn't choose sonship over slavery?

But Paul paints a picture for the Galatians because the Galatians are struggling. If you've been with us, you know that they're struggling with this thing called legalism. After Paul set up the church in the Galatian region, the Judaizers came in behind him, those guys that were all focused on the Mosaic Law. They weren't really believers, but they said they believed in Jesus. And they came up with a, a new gospel of grace plus works. And Paul says, "That's not the gospel at all. The gospel is only one, and it's a gospel of grace. And you're saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone." Now they said, "Yeah, well, we believe all that, but you have to have works." And so Paul said, "What they are doing is: they are trying to take you from a place of being a son of the wealthy king and exchanging that for being a slave." Now who would do that? Nobody would do that. Nobody would do that if they're thinking clearly, but people do it all the time. Christians do it all the time. They trade their sonship for slavery because they go back to living under rules and regulations. And so many of us are guilty of getting ourselves o ...

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