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Week 46 Day 2
Ever since God created man and woman
we have been free to chose
for God or against God
But when Paul writes in Galatians about freedom
he is talking about the freedom
we have in Christ through grace
This is freedom from the past
from past sins certainly
but freedom also from the bondage
of past traditions and religious thought
The Christians at Galatia
instead of growing in their new-found faith
and trying to mix the gospel of Jesus
with adherence to the law
and the traditions of Judaism
Paul argued that it was faith in Christ
and not the law
which had saved them
and continues to save them
The gospel of Jesus includes
which enables us to produce
the fruits of righteousness
through living a Spirit-led lifestyle.
Many people today have messages running through their minds
like tapes from past years
messages which tear down
rather than build up
The grace of Jesus needs to set us free too.
A FREEDOM THAT MAKES US SLAVES
Not slaves of sin, but slaves to love which binds us together.
1Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has
made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke
of bondage. 2 If you become circumcised, Christ will profit
you nothing. 3 I testify again to every man who becomes
circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law. 4You
have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be
justified by law; you have fallen from grace. 5We through
the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
6 In Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision
avails anything, but faith working through love.
7You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?
This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you.
9A little leaven leavens the whole lump. 10 I have confidence
in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind, but he
who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is.
11And I, if I still preach circumcision, why do I suffer
persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased.
12 I could wish that those who trouble you would even cut
13For you have been called to liberty; only do not use
liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve
one another. 14All the law is fulfilled in one word, even in
this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." 15But if you
bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed
by one another!
16Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the
flesh. 17For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit
against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things you wish. 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19The works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery,
fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20idolatry, sorcery, hatred,
contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions,
dissensions, heresies, 21envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries,
and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told
you in time past, that those who practice such things will not
inherit the kingdom of God.
22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, self-control.
Against such there is no law. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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