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Liberated from Legalism pt 18 [8-29-21]

When we began our series on Galatians on April 25, we summarized the three thematic sections of Paul's letter:

  • Chapters 1 & 2 deal primarily with Paul's apostolic authority.

  • Chapters 3 & 4 deal primarily with the truth of justification by faith apart from works of the law.

  • Chapters 5 & 6 deal primarily with how the truth of chapters 3 & 4 is lived out in the life of the believer.

Chapter 4 continues to spell out the foundation of our salvation and the reasons why legalism was, and is, such a threat. Here in chapter 4, Paul is finishing up explaining the who and the why and the how of salvation. After that, in chapters 5 and 6, he'll detail what a saved person looks like and how a saved person lives out his or her life.

Let's start with a hypothetical situation. Imagine you're talking with a

neighbor. The conversation turns to spiritual things. At one point your neighbor says, "Well, I believe we're all children of God. He created us all and loves us all, and saves us all, whether we're Christian, Jewish, Hindu, or Muslim." How would you respond? What would you say?