Summary: Paul exhorted the Galatian Christians to prioritize their freedom in Christ. Christians are called to measure their freedom in Christ, but How can they measure that freedom? 4 measures of personal freedom.
FREEDOM’S MEASURE—Galatians 4:19—5:5
or CAST OFF THE YOKE
Paul exhorted the Galatian Christians to prioritize their freedom in Christ.
Christians should measure their freedom in Christ.
How can Christians measure their freedom?
4 measures of personal freedom.
1—Freedom is measured by
LOSS OF PROMISE(:21-28)
:21—“Tell me, you who want to be under law, do you not listen to the law?”
:22—“For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the bondwoman & one by the free woman.”
Gen. 16, 18 & 21
“Free woman”—Sarai(Sarah)—Abraham’s wife
:23—“But the son by the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, & the son by the free woman through the promise.”
:24—“This is allegorically speaking: for these women are two covenants, one proceeding from Mount Sinai bearing children who are to be slaves; she is Hagar.”
Law of Moses—Law—Works
New Covenant—Grace—Thru Christ
“To be Slaves”—Destined for slavery
:25—“Now this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, & corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children.”
Bound to Law as salvation!
:26—But the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother.”
:27—“For it is written, “REJOICE, BARREN WOMAN WHO DOES NOT BEAR; BREAK FORTH AND SHOUT, YOU WHO ARE NOT IN LABOR; FOR MORE ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE DESOLATE THAN OF THE ONE WHO HAS A HUSBAND.”
:28—“And you brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise.”
“Like Isaac”—Son of Abraham(90) & Sarah(100)
Heb. 9:15—“And for this reason He[Jesus] is the mediator of a new covenant, in order that since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.”
2Pet. 1:2-4—“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.”
Son, if you ‘do well’, then I’ll support you in whatever you do?
Building a bridge to St. George Island from Eastpointe/Job guaranteed to lowest bidder/No frivialities-cushion built into bid/Pork discovered=Loss of Promise
?You Lost the PROMISE against the world?
?You have what it takes to be free? You living free in Christ?
2—Freedom is measured by
LOSS OF PREVENTION/PERSECUTION(:29)
:29—“But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also.”
“As at that time...so it is now also”—
If you never run up against a ‘brick wall’ regarding your Christian belief/worldview—loss of prevention—then freedom(in Christ) is lost!