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Galatians, Chapter Five, Lesson One

FREEDOM IN CHRIST           Page 2
V. 1 (Cont'd.)

** In addition to that list and thinking contextually in this letter, what do you think is foremost on Paul's heart regarding our freedom?

We have been set free from the law and the curse of trying to produce our own righteousness.

cf. Galatians 3:13 - Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law
Galatians 3:22 - Every man is a sinner needing to be set free from the Law
Galatians 4:7 - We are no longer a slave, but a son and heir of the Kingdom

** Before we continue on in our verse for today, what path must a sinner take in order to be set free?

Paul best illustrated that path with his own life in Philippians 3:7-9, would you look at it with me?
This is the path of complete devotion to Jesus Christ! It can be seen in three steps, they are:

1) Confess your sin - Paul recognized that all of his religious effort was a sinful, self-centered lifestyle which he confesses to be "loss for the sake of Christ". (V. 7)

2) Confess Christ as Lord - Paul's personal relationship to Jesus Christ is valued over every other element of his life. He not only calls Jesus his Lord, he says that everything else in life is rubbish [skubalon] lit."dung or refuse" that which is to be thrown to the dogs! (V. 8)

3) Remember your total dependance on God - Paul says that he is no longer depending on his own ability to produce righteousness, but is taking God at His word to give the gift of Christ's righteousness through faith. (V. 9)

** OK, now back in Galatians 5:1, what was Christ's motive for freeing us from the curse of the Law?

Why did He do it?

"It was for freedom..." Jesus wants us to live every day in the freedom that He has provided. We are no longer under the Law of Moses, but rather the provision of Christ!
cf. Romans 8:1-4 - The law of the Spirit (the gospel)
Galatians 6:2 - "...the law of Christ..."
James 1:25 - "...the law of liberty..."

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