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Galatians, Chapter Five, Lesson One

FREEDOM IN CHRIST           Page 4
V. 1 (Cont'd.)

** By now you would think that Paul's reader would get the point! Why would anyone want to return to the bondage of keeping the Law for salvation?

We should despise any thought of the notion that man can work his own way into the approval of God. Peter knew this was true. cf. Acts 15:10-11, Peter goes so far as to say that ours hearts are cleansed by Jesus Christ through faith (V.9) and not because we earned God's approval.

** What do you suppose would be the draw that enticed the Galatians to return to legalism?

Peer pressure! cf. Galatians 4:17, It was the same when Jesus ministered!
cf. John 9:22-23, 12:42-43

** As you look at this last section of verse one, what two words should have shaken the Galatian readers, down to the very core of their being?

subject [enecho], lit. to hold in, to ensnare, the idea of being completely confined

slavery [douleia], means to be a slave, under the yoke without freedom to act independently, to be controlled.

Paul is saying that while you presently keep standing firm in the freedom of Christ, do not ever consider returning to the bondage of legalism in the future.

** When Paul used the phrase "yoke of slavery", did it bring to your mind anything that our Lord said that was in direct opposition to the heavy oppression of legalism?

Jesus said, "Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light."
(Matthew 11:29-30)

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