Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Freedom in Christ

Compare the Freedom we have in Christ 
to slavery in sin, to slavery in legalisms:

Galatians 5

*"It was for freedom that Christ set us free; 
therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of 

Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, 
Christ will be of no benefit to you. And I testify again to every man 
who receives circumcision, that he is under obligation to keep the whole 
Law. You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be 
justified by law; you have fallen from grace. 

*For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of 

*For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means 
anything, but faith working through love.

*You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth? 
This persuasion did not come from Him who calls you. 

*A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough. I have confidence in 
you in the Lord that you will adopt no other view; but the one who is 
disturbing you will bear his judgment, whoever he is. 

But I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted?  
Then the stumbling block of the cross has been abolished. I wish that 
those who are troubling you would even mutilate themselves.

*For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your 
freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve 
one another. 

For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall 
love your neighbor as yourself.” 

But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not 
consumed by one another.

*But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire 
of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the 
Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, 
so that you may not do the things that you please. But if you are led 
by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. 

Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, 
sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of 
anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, 
and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned 
you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of 

*But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, 
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things 
there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified 
the flesh with its passions and desires.

*If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 

*Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one 

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