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Summary: Grace over Legalism

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Reading: Galatians chapter 1 verses 1-10.

Ill:

• On the28th August 1963;

• Martin Luther King addressed a huge crowd of people;

• He gave one of the greatest speeches ever given.

• In his; “I have a dream” speech he called for transformation;

• From “the heat of injustice and oppression” into an oasis of “freedom and justice”.

• His final words in that speech are logged indelibly in our memories,

• As well as etched on his gravestone:

• “Free at last, free at last! Thank God Almighty, I am free at last”.

Every ‘born again’ Christian can proclaim those words:

• “Free at last, free at last! Thank God Almighty, I am free at last”.

• Because in Jesus Christ we have been set free!

• Not political freedom, not social freedom, not economic freedom;

• But spiritual freedom.

Quote: Colossians chapter 1 verse 13:

“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness

and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves”.

Every Christian has been rescued/set free from:

• the darkness of ignorance of God

• the darkness of separation from God

• the darkness of sin

• the darkness of condemnation/judgement

• the darkness of death

• the darkness of bondage to Satan

“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness

and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves”.

• Every ‘born again’ Christian can proclaim those words:

• “Free at last, free at last! Thank God Almighty, I am free at last”.

Ill:

• During Paul's first missionary journey (Acts chapters 13 and chapter 14);

• He ravelled trough Pisidian, Antioch, Iconium, Lystra, and Derbe.

• Which is part of a large Roman province called Galataia.

• The gospel was preached, people were converted and Churches were planted.

• And Paul later wrote to these Churches a letter – we call Galatians.

• He probably wrote to them from Antioch after that first journey, around A.D. 49,

• That makes the book of Galatians Paul's earliest letter,

• Which means its message is a foundational truth,

• The letter that Paul preached was a message of GRACE!

• It is a message of freedom.

• Ten times in these six chapters Paul talks about freedom!

Note: Key verse in the book is chapter 5 verse 1:

N.I.V.:

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

Amplified:

“IN [this] freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]; stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery [which you have once put off].”

Message:

“Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand!

Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.”

(1).The GALATIAN SITUATION

• The apostle Paul needed to write to these Galatian Christians;


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