Freedom – week 1 :: October 1, 2017 – Rusty Hutson
“Paul, an apostle—sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— and all the brothers and sisters with me, To the churches in Galatia: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:1-4,6-7,10)
Man has always had his own idea of what freedom means.
But TRUE FREEDOM is defined by and given by God himself. It has always been his hope and plan that his people know the freedom that comes from knowing him.
Galatians will be our five week series that focuses on God’s heart of freedom for his people.
Many in that day that were convinced that man could add anything to the gospel by keeping the Jewish law on top of believing by faith in Christ’s gospel of salvation by faith alone.
Clearly Paul has this in mind when he tells the church that Christ “gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age…”
“You have been given freedom,” Paul declares! “Don’t go back to the slavery you once knew!”
Freedom only comes through absolute surrender.
False gospels abound today just as they did in Paul’s day.
We are free from sin and death and free to live for Christ. This the truth of the gospel and the freed life we have to which we have been saved. We do not live however we please because of our freedom, but we choose to live a life of freedom in the name of Jesus Christ.