Sunday, February 9, 2014

February 9, 2014 | Rev. Tom Mabie | Freedom in Christ | Galatians 5:13-26

Religion is a person’s attempt to get to God or have a relationship with God. Christianity is not a religion. It a relationship, in which, God takes the initiative and establishes a relationship with us through His Son, Jesus Christ. Before coming into a relationship with God we live selfish, self-centered lives with ourselves at the center of our lives and life as our own god. None of our efforts or hard work put us in right relationship with God. It’s not until the fact that God awakens us to Himself and draws us by his lovingkindness that we experience a right relationship with God through Jesus Christ. However, one of the challenges we face as Christians is that once God has established a relationship with us, we typically and often revert back to doing things in our own effort and strength, trusting in ourselves rather than relying on God. This attempt to walk by our own efforts, in some ways, is the problem that the Churches in Galatia faced.

The Apostle Paul is writing to the churches in the area of southern Galatia that he established during his first missionary journey. But these new believers and young churches are being plagued with a problem. Some of the Jewish believers are requiring the Gentile Christians to keep the law in addition to their faith in Jesus Christ as the means of salvation. However, It is by grace through faith alone that a person is justified and it is by faith alone that he is to live out his new life in the freedom of the Spirit.

Paul shows the true nature of freedom in Christ and that it is only through the life of the Spirit and by the Spirit’s power that the Christian can live life for God and is able to resist the desires of the sinful nature. Our freedom in Christ means that we are free to love and serve one another, not to do wrong to carry each other’s burdens and be kind to each other. Being led by the Holy Spirit involves the desire to hear God’s voice, the readiness to obey God’s word, and the sensitivity to discern between your feelings and His promptings. We are to live each day controlled and guided by the Holy Spirit, then the words of Christ will be in your mind, the love of Christ will be behind your actions, and the power of Christ will help you control your selfish desires.

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February 9, 2014 | Rev. Tom Mabie | Freedom in Christ | Galatians 5:13-26

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