Summary: Christ has set us free. How to stand firm in that freedom.
Title: Standing firm in our Freedom
Since today is the 4th of July we are going to jump ahead in our study of Galatians to Galatians chapter 5- because Galatians chapter 5 is all about the subject of Freedom
–The freedom we have in Christ.
“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.”(v1)
1.Christ has set us free
2.Christ wants us to stay free
3.Staying free in Christ is conditional.
4.It’s conditional on us Standing Firm!
Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”(v1)
Question 1: What are we to stand firm against?
Who is our spiritual Taliban? Who wants to take away the freedom we have in Christ?
What are we to stand firm against?
Question 2: What are we to stand firm on?
Who is on our side? Who can we count on to help us stay free spiritually?
Conclusion: We can stay free because those who are for us are far stronger than those who are against us.
Question1. What are we to stand firm against?
1. Those who insist you must do more than trust in Christ if you really want to be right with God. (v2-6)
“Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” (v2-6)
There will always be those who insist that trusting in Christ is never enough if you really want to be right with God. They say to us if you really want to be right with God you have to do more than trust in Christ. The Galatians found themselves is such a battle. Apparently there were those who came into the church and insisted that trusting in Christ was not enough. They were told you must also be circumcised in order to be right with God. They insisted that Christ plus Circumcision = being right with God . No circumcision- No justification (no getting right with God) . It’s implied in our scripture passage that some in the church believed the lie. They were planning on being circumcised.
Let’s fast forward now 2000 years.Many of us are not quiet sure if trusting in Christ is enough for us to be right with God. Surely there must be more we are to do besides trusting in Christ
Here is one that is on the top of all our lists.
•Trying hard to be a good person
Christ plus trying hard to be a good person = being right with God
Let’s substitute “trying hard to be a good person” for the word “circumcision” in verse 2.
V2 “Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourself be circumcised, (trying hard to be a good person) Christ will be of no value to you at all.”