Letters From a Pastor

Galatians 5

May 22, 2022

FREEDOM IN CHRIST

Paul uses “freedom” to describe the overcoming power of the gospel. Anything else removes the power of the gospel and creates “slavery” in its place.

Galatians 2:20–21

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.

WHERE IS OUR HOPE?

Our actions reveal where our hope truly is. Is it colleges for kids, politics for America, sobriety, or ______? Paul continually points the Galatians to the gospel.

1 Corinthians 1:18–19 

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

1 Corinthians 1:22–24 

For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

WAIT, I THOUGHT THERE WERE NO RULES! 

Of course there are rules! We just don’t trust in our obedience in the rules to be our solution. Followers of Jesus trust in the work of Jesus to empower us

Ephesians 5:18

Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,

2 Corinthians 3:17

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.