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Liberated from Legalism pt 20 [9-19-21]


I was tempted to skip these final verses of chapter 4 because of how dense they are. But seeing that I'm not good at sleight-of-hand or tom foolery, some of you would have noticed the passover. Many interpreters agree that Galatians 4:21-31 is one of the most difficult passages in the New Testament. In fact, for degree of difficulty, I'd put it up against anything we'll be reading in the Book of Revelation later in the fall.


So let's get at it.


I have always been amused by people who say the Christian faith takes away freedom. In their minds, when you become a Christian, there are all kinds of things you have to do that you wouldn't otherwise want to do, and there are all kinds of things you would like to do that are now forbidden. What they fail to see is the Biblical worldview in which that script is flipped. Unbelievers are slaves to sin…they are held captive by their rebellion against God, while followers of Jesus Christ are freed to live God-honoring lives. The sense of false freedom leads to death, while true freedom leads to eternal joy.


Here's an interesting side observation:

When someone tells me that they worship a different god than I do, whether in word or deed, I simply believe them.

- Michael Coughlin, Pastor

One way leads to enslavement to sin and eternal death, the other way leads to freedom in Christ and eternal life.