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Freedom In Christ

Jan 26, 2020

Dave spoke about the freedom that we have in Christ.

 

 

Jesus plus nothing = Freedom

Jesus + law = Imprisonment

Galatians 5 v 1-4, 13 – 18 , 24 – 25. 6 v 11 - 16

What have we read? Context; Paul was writing to the Church in Galatia because there was a dispute about the new believers having to obey the law and be circumcised.

When we come to Christ we can all agree that we are chosen by grace?

When a baby is born it can do nothing about its birth. The mothers body has contractions pushing the baby out. You don’t see the baby swimming for the exit.

When we are born again it is entirely due to the cross of Christ. We give Him the burdens of our sins and we then hear the cry of the new child of God “ Jesus is the Lord”.

We stand then free, a new creation. Brought into a new life relationship with the creator of the universe.

John Wesley the Methodist wrote a hymn. And can it be that I should gain

“My chains fell off, my heart was free, I rose, went forth and followed thee”

He could see that his righteousness could not save him.

Old bag and New bag

Bag of stones

“My chains fell off, my heart was free, I rose, went forth and followed thee”

Do you think you can improve on the burden free gospel?

Some may say the gospel saves you. But now we have to live by the law.

Some examples;

This is the story of Galatians; Paul was telling Peter and say why are you not living by the gospel.

This is a form of racism from Peter who was saying he would not eat with the gentiles. He was saying that the Jewish way was superior to the Gentile way. Paul rebukes him by saying you have turned from the gospel and returned to the law.

The law gives you a standard but the gospel gives you a new motivation.

The grace of God comes from a crucified Jesus.

1 Corinthians 6 verse 19/20 You do not belong to yourself, you were bought with a high price.

You were bought with the blood of Christ. He didn’t tithe his blood.

Personal example of finances;

I struggled for years. Lesley will confirm. I didn’t want to appear poor as a Christian, I didn’t want to make unpopular decisions and say no at times. It led to a spiral of debt and I didn’t want to confront it.

The solution didn’t come overnight. It came by giving my sin and fear of man back to Jesus. Asking him to help me time and time again.

It changed because I didn’t want to keep grieving Jesus and hurting my family.

What’s the answer?

Jesus died for me to be free. He paid a very high price for me to be free.

Galatians 5 v 16 “ So I say let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intensions. But when you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the obligation of the law of Moses”

You will then live a life of unselfishness.

Questions

  1. How do we help ourselves to overcome. Worship.

Worship is where we leave our burdens behind.

Worship is where we become more aware of Jesus..

Worship is where we focus on Jesus and not on ourselves.

Worship is where we stand alone before Him.

  1. But are we also advice giving or advice seeking.
  • Putting burdens on. You have to be sorted before we can really classify you as a proper Christian. This is legalism?
  • Putting a burden on by saying you are now part of a loving church, join the community of God don’t be bigoted. This is legalism? My answer is yes.

The gospel takes the burdens off.

  1. The gospel shapes your life. Is it shaping your life?
  2. Say no to ungodliness;
  • No because I will look bad.
  • No because I will lose my social position.
  • No because God won’t bless me with good health and wealth and happiness.
  • No because I will hate myself and my self-esteem will plummet.

These are all ones we use but aren’t they selfish motivations? Are they not self-inflicted laws and not true to the gospel?

Aren’t we using an ungodly attitude to try and remain Godly?



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