For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.Galatians 5: 1
This verse will serve as our theme verse over the next few weeks as we consider the Gospel as presented by Paul to the churches of Galatia. It was Christ and Christ alone who set us free to live in (what else) FREEDOM. This is not just some kind of abstract idea or concept.
What keeps us from a life of Freedom in Christ?
In his first epistle John warns about the threat from outside the church referring to the love of the world. But for the churches in Galatia, the challenge to the Gospel was altogether different. According to Paul, the Galatians had been led away by perverted teaching within the church of another Gospel.
A Different Gospel?
After Paul left the churches in Galatia others came in claiming that the Gospel of Christ was only part of what was necessary to please God. We face the same dilemma in at least three different areas where people are led off the path by false teachings inside the church today.
In the opening verses of his letter to the Galatians, Paul makes his passion clear to his readers – the Gospel and nothing but the Gospel.
Paul, an apostle—not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— and all the brothers who are with me,Galatians 1:1-5
To the churches of Galatia:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Can you identify the key aspects of the Gospel there? With no help from me, God sent Jesus Christ gave himself for our sins to deliver us from our sins and proved it by raising Christ from the dead.
Today, in Christ, we can live in freedom from our past life of sin, freedom from our failures, and experience the freedom to live a life wholeheartedly pursuing the one who freed us.