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Liberated from Legalism pt 19 [9-12-21]



Adam Robinson is an educator, author, and co-founder of The Princeton Review. He is also a US Chess Federation life master. When he was 17, he played Bobby Fischer in hundreds of what is known as "blitz chess" matches. This is where you only get five minutes per game. He did this to prepare for the world chess championship. Remember, he was only 17 at the time.


If Fischer had an edge, Robinson would resign. Fischer was, by most estimations, the greatest chess champion of all time. You might say he was the Tom Brady of chess. Anyway, after resigning another match, Fischer said to Robinson, "Adam, don't resign so quickly. You have to learn to play lost positions."


One of the reasons we have this wonderful letter to the Galatians is that, through the power of the Holy Spirit, trusting in the sovereignty of God, Paul never gave up and he never gave in. His work among the Galatians was being undermined. The foundation of the gospel of grace and mercy he had established was being eroded. False teachers were telling lies about him. And many of the Galatian believers were turning away from the one true gospel. The situation was growing in toxicity.


But Paul neither gave up nor gave in. He learned to play what appeared to be lost positions.


Here's one of the positions Paul was up against. While the gospel of grace and mercy must be received by humble hearts, the false teachers appealed to the sin