Celebrate Jesus - Freedom (Galatians 5:1-26)
Gearl Spicer, July 5, 2020
Part of the Axis of A Living Faith series, preached at a Sunday Online service
Galatians 5 (Listen)
5:1 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
2 Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. 3 I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law. 4 You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace. 5 For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.
7 You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? 8 This persuasion is not from him who calls you. 9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump. 10 I have confidence in the Lord that you will take no other view, and the one who is troubling you will bear the penalty, whoever he is. 11 But if I, brothers, still preach circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been removed. 12 I wish those who unsettle you would emasculate themselves!
13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.
16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
Axis of a Living Faith
Celebrate Jesus - Freedom
How precious is freedom to you?
*Freedom is the fuel that lights a fire in our hearts!
*When we are free:
Our faith grows
Our hope expands
Our love abounds
True freedom is found in Jesus alone!
*So Jesus was saying to those Jews who believed in Him, If you continue in my word, then you are truly my disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free. John 8:31-32
*So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36
*But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does. James 1:25
*It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to slavery. Galatians 5:1
Biblical pathway to freedom:
I. Stand firm - Do not be subject again - v.1-6
*Allow faith, hope and love to be your foundation!
*Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden light. Matthew 11:28-30
II. Run well - Who hindered you? - v.7-12
*Stay in your lane of grace!
III. Live your calling—Do not turn - v.13-15
*Avoid the flesh and elevate your service!
IV. Walk by the spirit—Not carry out the desires of the flesh - v.16-21
*Do what pleases Him, not what pleases you!
V. Produce fruit—Crucify the flesh - v.22-26
*Living in Him, Walking with Him!
What path are you on?