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Summary: Examining the fact that "We Are Free Through Christ Alone"

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In Christ Alone (Part III)

Galatians 2:17-21

Many years ago in New Orleans, and an attractive young 17 year old Negro girl, was being sold at a slave auction. She had been taken from her parents and was very bitter over the whole experience. When she was turned over to the highest bidder and he came to take her, she said defiantly, “Well, what are you gong to do with me?” Much to her surprise, her new owner said, “I am going to give you your freedom.” And saying this, he handed her the papers of emancipation. That is what God the Father has done for us. Through Christ HE reconciled the world unto himself. —1989 Ministers Manual, Ed. by James W. Cox (Harper & Row, 1989), p. 62.

A common theme throughout Paul’s epistle to the Galatians is “Liberty”. Liberty is defined as freedom from captivity or slavery. Before Christ, we were in bondage to sin - Galatians 4:3 … when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: 4 But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

Those who truly appreciate liberty are those who recognize the terrible bondage they have been delivered from!

> Songwriter Phil Cross put it this way:

“I was a slave in a foreign land”

”So very far from the Father's loving hand”

”He rescued me, one glorious day”

”He brought me out, paid a debt I could not pay”

”I am redeemed, I am redeemed”

”Jesus loosed the chains of sin and set me free”

Praise God for the liberty we have in Christ Jesus!

* Last week we began a sermon entitled “In Christ Alone”. We saw that:

I. We Are Justified Through Christ Alone (Part I)

II. We Are Accepted Through Christ Alone (Part II)

* I would like to continue to walk through these verses and see that:

III. We Are Free Through Christ Alone

IV. We Are Victorious Through Christ Alone

Background: Paul has been confronting issues brought about by the Judaizers among the Galatian believers. There was a point of contention over how man becomes right with God. In verse 16 Paul asserted that the only means of Justification is through Jesus Christ. He makes it clear “that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ” - Justification doesn’t come by obeying the law. No one has ever or will ever be “made right with God by obeying the law.” Thankfully, Jesus has done what the Law could not do, He made a way for us to be justified and accepted! And along with this, He has supplied us with LIBERTY!

* This fact is explained in verses 17-19. Notice that:

III. We Are Free Through Christ Alone - v17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. 18 For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. 19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.


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