Summary: If there is anything I understand about the Bible it is that the salvation that God gives us in the Lord Jesus Christ is eternal. When God saves us He does an eternal, irreversible work.
Falling from Grace
Born AGAIN Free
Galatians 5:1-6 01/09/05
It is in these verses that the phrase comes along that we are going to consider this evening. It’s the phrase—fallen from grace—and what that means. I would encourage you to put a star or make a special mark by that first verse of the 5th chapter. This really is the climatic verse of everything Paul has said. It is actually the pivotal verse of the entire book of Galatians.
To refresh our minds and get the overall picture, let me just remind you that the six chapters of the book of Galatians break down into three major divisions of two chapters each. In the first two chapters Paul shares personal matters with us and tells us how it is that he received his message. He has to defend his apostleship. He has to defend the message of grace, which he has preached to the believers in Galatia.
In the next two chapters—three and four—he takes up doctrinal matters. He goes into the whole doctrine of salvation by grace—why it is that we can be saved by grace and cannot be saved by law.
In chapters five and six he is going to become very, very practical. He is going to make application and explain what it means to be saved by grace. He is going to show that not only are you saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, but also that you live the Christian life by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
So really he is saying—hold your ground! Don’t let anybody shake you from that. He is warning them against the danger of legalism.
The life of Christian liberty has two dangers. There are two opposite extremes that can destroy the life of Christian liberty. One of those extremes is LICENSE. The view that—now that I am saved, I have a license to live any old way I want to live. Some people do take that approach. “I’m saved, going to heaven when I die, have my ticket stamped. I can live any way I want to live because I’m going to heaven when I die.”
The opposite extreme of that is legalism. License is a perversion of Christian liberty. Legalism is a denial of Christian liberty. Legalism is living the Christian life by obeying a series of rules and regulations and all of that.
Let’s talk about it. Christian liberty—
Verse 1, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free...” He is getting ready to define what this Christian life of liberty is. What does it mean to be free in Jesus?
He says, “...wherewith Christ hath made us free.” That’s what Jesus has done for us. Here’s the picture. You have a picture of slaves. You have a picture of a liberator. You have a picture of the life of liberty that results when a liberator sets the slaves free.
Now we were the slaves in sin. Jesus is the Liberator. He came along and set us free. The result of that is that now we have a brand new life. Christ hath made us free from a life of bondage. Sin is a life of bondage. The person who is in sin is in bondage. The Bible teaches us “whosoever commits sin is the servant of sin.” Sin enslaves a person.